Can you believe we’re 29 days from my wedding? EEEEEEEK! Which also means that 3 weeks from today I’ll already be in Brazil! That means beach, summer and yummy food! I better continue running there, to undo some of all the stuff I eat, so I don’t look even bigger on my wedding day… (So I’m freaking out a little about the “less than 3 weeks” — you have no idea how much I still have to do!)
On another note, if you haven’t checked out my medal holder giveaway yet, go there and comment… It’s awesome.
Tonight, straight after work, I’m walking over to the Marine Corps Marathon expo, picking up my 10k bib, hoping the Craigslist dude shows up, and switching my 10k with his full marathon bib. At 7am on Sunday morning, I’ll be meeting up with my running group near the start line, at the Pentagon, so we can line up and start running at 8am.
Seems like I have successfully convinced Jane to give the marathon another try (I talked about Jane here, three paragraphs after the picture of my medal). So what if Chicago was hot and her race that day was a failure? She’s trained, and she CAN do this. She said she’ll be tagging along with me, at my slow-ass pace, which will be FANTASTIC (I was so bored running by myself in Chicago!), but I also know that if she’s feeling good, I’m not going to hold her back, and I’ll let her have the race she deserves.
Kristy, who’s running the MCM 10k, is going to try to catch me at mile 20 and pace me to the end. That will be awesome as well — even if I’m still running with Jane, a fresh non-tired face will be exactly what we need!
A lot of people had told me that I shouldn’t go into my first marathon with a time goal. And I did it anyway, and I think you SHOULD have a time goal, a realistic one, even if it is your first marathon (it kept me from giving up a lot of times when I just wanted to walk). I missed my goal by a little over 7 minutes, which is fine — I have no doubt that if the weather wasn’t so freaking hot, I would have been able to finish it in less than 5 hours, like I had planned to.
For the Marine Corps Marathon, which will be my second marathon, I don’t have much of a goal. It’s only been 3 weeks since Chicago, only a week since I ran 10 miles while pushing myself the whole way at the Army Ten Miler, I won’t be running under my own name, my foot has been acting weird and the pain is unbearable at times, and there are quite a few hills at the start. Said that, it doesn’t mean I haven’t printed my 4:59 pace band, and that I won’t attempt to finish in 5 hours, heck yeah, I will! But if I miss my goal yet again, I won’t beat myself up for it. My main goal is to finish and get a new medal, uninjured. I just really hope I get there by only running 5 hours, that’s all.
Sunday the weather will be pleasant for running, with a high of 65 degrees, partly sunny. Which means walking will actually make me cold, so another incentive to keep me running along. Karl will be meeting me at the finish line with a proud smile on his face (unfortunately, DC metro system pales in comparison to the Chicago one, so though he might be able to catch me in route once, that will be about it).
We even have a post-race party nearby! (Which I will not be able to enjoy for long, as I have to head back out to DC to find the Brazilian Consulate so I can vote, ugh.)
I’m not nearly as nervous for this marathon as I was for Chicago. Probably because I’m not in a strange town, I’ll be running along the same places I’ve ran all year (which will be kind of boring too, but you can’t win them all). There’s no travel involved, no possible flight delays, no hotel check in, no chance of forgetting to pack something. I know every single place I’ll be running by. It’s also not my first time — before I thought I could do it, now I just know I can. And that makes all the difference.
Wish me luck.