Who would've thought I'd be crossing my first marathon finish line as The Mad Hatter? Then again, who would've thought I'd ever cross a marathon finish line? Seems totally appropriate.
I did my last "long" run yesterday. It used to be I didn't fall into a groove until mile 3, now it's mile 6. I was just getting ready to settle in for the long mental road when it was time to stop. Funny how things change.
I much prefer cold weather.
I bought this last year for Expedition Everest training and never got to use it.
I'm officially freaking out about everything and I can't really focus on much besides the heat issue. I don't remember this happening for NYCM (heat was never an issue there), but apparently I've been informed I was freaking out about other things then (Hurricane Sandy maybe?!). I also didn't have to pack last time. That's another thing taking over my brain. Again, how am I supposed to pack correctly when every day the forecast changes!?
Speaking of, the last marathon- I was also physically ready to run. On Friday, I could feel my muscles had accepted the fact they were going to be in immense pain and wanted to. I could actually feel them aching to run. Has this ever happened to you (or have I officially lost it)? I'm hoping that's a normal thing when you taper properly. It really helped me get through (tapering really does work!). And the insane amount of anger didn't hurt either ;) Honestly, I'm still holding onto that in case I hit a rough patch mentally. Or I'm just not completely over being villainized and I'm hoping this 26.2 will be the therapy I need to get over it. Either way, I'm also hoping this time around isn't much worse physically and mentally than last time.
PS- is it just me, or is the taper worse for full marathons vs. halfs? Have I asked this before? Again, I don't remember (and again, I might just be losing it).
Since I've decided I'm rarely stopping for pictures, I will allow myself to stop for Minnie and Mickey at the finish line (if I remember and if they're still there). They can't sweep me if I'm that close to the finish line, right? Last year, I noticed a ton of people slowing down/ stopping (instead of speeding up) right before the finish line. I was so ready to be done and out of pain, I didn't realize they were just soaking it all in. I hope to be able to do that this year, if I can see through the tears.
And with all that, I believe the taper madness is here (ya think?!). I'm going to spend this week mentally preparing for the heat and hoping I won't have to endure it.
How do you pretend to be a normal person during the taper?