this weekend was a truly wonderful experience and i am pretty sore still. many have said that you should wait roughly 3-4 weeks before starting to run long distances again after doing a marathon, but i think that it will be at least a few days before i can walk-run normally anyhow! haha. i am sore from my head to my toes but am proud of our accomplishment!
passed on in an incredibly inspirational email from m.b.:
"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. It's the ache in your legs and the burning in your lungs, and the voice inside you that yells 'CAN'T", but you don't listen. You just push harder. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are."
today i went to my favorite place for running gear (body and sole) and asked them to print my name on my race singlet. they did it beautifully write across the center of my purple shirt and when the man brought it to the register the other checker said "what does that say... "pain?" to which the other man replied: "pavni... not pain. but i am sure she'll be feeling some when she finishes!" haha. an interesting take on my name, i suppose. anyhow, i am pretty excited and hope to soak in all of this week so that i can make sure it's truly memorable. you never get your first marathon back... and i can't wait... i just want to finish!
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i thought my shirt was too tight this morning, until i looked down and realized that the knot in my stomach was internal and not external. i am just nervous! woo. and excited.
here's an inspirational quote passed on by coach d:
“The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” --Fred Lebow
yesterday we did our final saturday workout and i can't believe that we're so close to the actual marathon! i am so excited. 3 more runs and one more day of x-training and then off we go! my flight is on friday morning, so i am really really excited.
tapering has been a bit depressing but everyone has been so supportive and i hope that i am strong enough to cross that finish line. i keep visualizing it, like they've told us to... so hopefully it'll work out!
we also had our race-clinic last week, so i have a few photos from that (below) and i recieved my race singlet! woo! so cute. also, mom got me these awesome running shorts... which i broke in yesterday for the first time. it was weird to be running in shorts outside since we haven't had weather like this in a long time and i realized i just had to suck it up and realize that i'd be running in shorts- not pants- and i should get used to it asap. i just checked the weather for nashville and they're expecting it to be a high of 69 and cloudy. that's perfectly fine by me! i think that by now, j. and i could run in the rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind... it wouldn't matter!
also (below) is a pic of our nashville team plus coach D after our last run together (besides wednesday's practice, that is).
today was a pretty crazy (but wonderful) day and i am so excited about how everything went. thank you to everyone involved!
first off, today was the day of our official "save a life with a slice" fundraiser at village inn pizza (www.villageinnpizzacu.com). village inn is one of my favorite places to get pizza from in town and they have an incredible owner who was so easy to work with when planning a fundraiser. they are really generous with their time and make you feel like family... which is why i think everyone who attended the fundraiser today had a great time!
secondly, our wednesday training run was outside for the first time (yay!) and at the urbana high track which (i believe) is made out of recycled tires and is incredibly squishy. our team did a great tempo workout and afterwards almost everyone was able to attend the pizza night! it was great to eat with them, and i hope that on friday (at our team dinner) i get to talk to them more and know them better! we talk while we're running, but i think that it'll be more fun when we're all dressed up!
today's been a streaming conversation about running starting from the first thing this morning, to our seminar speaker being an 11-time marathoner, and extending into dinner. everytime i get to talking about how j and i started running together i realize how blessed i am to have found her as a running partner and friend, as well as the team in training program... and my very first wonderful visit to body and sole. this has been an amazing journey and what a great day to sum it up. now, we have tapering til the start of the race and i hope to get stronger and more prepared as the days keep rolling by.
thanks to everyone who made today wonderful and that made our fundraiser a success. it was a truly great day.
so i have started to get nervous about tapering and wondering if i am strong enough to finish this race. i realize that if i have done 20 miles, i can keep going another 6.2... however, is everything going to be different when i am in a different state with a whole bunch of people and crazy excitement all around?
i hope that it is a truly wonderful experience and my long-distance mentor (j-pow) completely resolved my fears with her email last night. she talked about doing "nothing new on race day" as well as believing in the tapering since you need all the rest you can get before the actual race. i feel much better! i just have to trust in myself as well as the training program and make sure that i am ready to run on the 26th! (thanks jenni).
next weekend, we have our pre-race clinic and we'll be getting our singlets! hooray! that way i can practice running in that outfit so that i can make sure i am completely comfortable (sans chafing!). oh man, i am so excited/scared/nervous/anxious.
today we did our longest run to date (and i believe our longest run ever)... 20 miles! WOOHOO. It was great. Having J'me there to talk to was a blessing and the weather was perfect... 58-60F and sunny! sigh. we couldn't have asked for better conditions. also, our amazing mentors came and supported us through the mileage (even driving alongside us for a mile-mile and a half)! (thanks j&r!)
i did feel like i ate a whole bunch during the run - from bananas to many cups of gatorade, i was definitely well fueled. well, i guess if we've come this far... what's another 6.2 miles, right?
i am so proud... i would have never guessed that i was capable of this. thank you team in training and all of you who have been such a wonderful support through this! today's the 5th so that makes 21 days 'til we'll be saying "yeehaw!" in nashville!
j, j, r and me! post run... smelly, salty, tired and very happy!
Thanks to my wonderful (and incredibly supportive) boyfriend's donation today... I have hit my 90% goal and have $311 dollars left to go to raise! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the cause so far... without you I wouldn't be where I am today.
I am getting more and more excited about Saturday's 20 miler as the week continues and hope that I can finish strong (and ready for the last 6 miles!).
Thanks again to everyone and I hope you're all enjoying a great start to April!! 25 days til the marathon!