Posted by: pursuingsub17 | August 13, 2009

Three more sleeps to marathon day


I’ve been super busy the last few weeks. My work week was short last week – this one seems long. I’m tired. I haven’t been sleeping well. Marc’s been working late and although I guess I could make dinner and eat it before he gets home, that hasn’t been happening. I’ve been getting home late myself, working on some paid blogging assignments, walking the dog and now I’m stopping to fee my cousin’s lizard and cat while she’s out of town. No big deal – she lives on the way home – but I get home later than usual.

What am I trying to say? Marc and I are eating dinner at 9pm and sitting up for an hour and a half to watch some tv. Why we’re doing that, I have no idea. We should be going to bed. By the time we finish watching one of our favorite shows, we realize it’s 10:30 and I still have to walk the dog and he needs to shower (construction is a dirty business). We’re in bed by 11:30 and the alarm goes off at 5:40.

So in that short span of sleep, I wake up a few times in the middle of the night and it takes me a good 10-15 minutes to get back to sleep. Nothing’s bothering me mentally. I am feeling achey though. My hip and shoulder joints on both sides hurt and that keeps me awake because I can’t get comfortable. Marc told me I’m tightening up and need to do some stretching over the next few days. Regardless, I’ve been averaging 5.5 to 6 hours a night. Today I’m so tired I feel hungover.

No – I’m not hungover. I’ve been having a few drinks over the week but I haven’t been getting drunk. I do need to start hydrating though – and go to bed early the next three nights.

These are the thoughts looming through my head as marathon day approaches. I’ve been using a lot of creative visualization though. Thankfully I’ve run the course last year and on my trainig runs this year so I know what to expect. I’ve particularly pictured myself at the 32K mark – I’ve savored my energy to this point – getting there by 3:25 or 3:30 and ready to start picking people off to do the last 10 in under an hour. I see myself running like Chrissy Wellington – same form (but maybe not the same speed – heh heh). I see myself approaching the last two K and flying across the finish line at 4:26:33- then heading straight for the showers.

Twice I have had butterflies this week – although they only lasted about 10 seconds. I told myself, “self, you know you can run this faster than last year – you haven’t had problems with the IT band – you’ll be fine.” I’m not nervous – more excited. I’m more excited about this marathon than the one last year, which was my first. Probably because I’ve trained harder with a specific goal in mind.

I see the red digital numbers reading 4:26:33. And that will be how I finish – let’s see how close that vision is!

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