Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Not just the number of days left before London, but the last number of miles before tomorrow's train ride down to London.
The clear bright blue sky and slight crisp air made the miles even more enjoyable.
A short stop at the local bakery to wish one of the employees a great race. This is to be her first marathon and hearing her enthusiasm brought memories back to me. I laughed when she said she had seen me running all over the place. We wished each other a strong finish and I continued on my run.
To my surprise I finished my run faster than any other short marathon run in my training....must have been the excitement!
The suitcases are now packed, the house is clean, the pets are at the kennels.
In 10 hours we will be on our way to the train station. The ride to London will take a little over 2 hours.
After arriving at London Euston station, a city cab ride to our hotel (at mile 19 of the course in Canary Warf-Docklands), then to the Expo to get our numbers and SHOP!!! (I love that part!) Then a 3 miles on Friday, 2 on Saturday to calm the nerves and excitement; the best part of these runs is I get to run them on the marathon course..the blue line goes down (the clue for the shortest route along the course, Friday night!!!. And then it will be countdown to Sunday morning.
These next days will blend together and I may not get back on line to update the rest of the countdown. So with this blog just want to say for those that are interested my race number is 24468. I take to the start line in Greenwich at 09:45 GMT (04:45 EST) Please think kindly, send warm vibes, healthy running thoughts, be safe prayers, and/or anything else.
You are a part of this experience. I thank you for your voices, your shout outs, your goodies, your posts, your cheers! You will be running with me; and in those miles that are the toughest I'll draw on your strength to get through to the next mile and beyond until I pass Buckingham Palace and see the yellow gates down the mall and imagine all of you in the grandstands cheering me on. Thank you for being here...and thank you for joining me on my 7th marathon! See you at the finish line!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
A week. Just seven days and memories will envelope me.
Memories of rising before the spring sun, of pre-marathon race morning routines. Walking with kit bag over my shoulder the mile to the start areas.
Waiting, preparing, last line up at porto-loo, walking to my assigned pen, alone with my thoughts, my plans, my ambitions, my focus.
I can see the start in my mind's eye, and feel the wrenching in my stomach of the adrenalin pumping.
So I bring myself back to today. To the Sunday before the Sunday and I am pleased I did that marathon paced 10 mile run on day 9. It felt good and I tested myself. Yesterday's run was to recover and it was tiring, but afresh this morning I was out again for a focused four...and felt strong.
The race is not just on the road, but in my mind....and it is good to have memories to return to....so throughout this week before, I know I will return in my mind to Blackheath and the Blue Start, and 2 previous London's and feel again that rush, that power, that emotion, that enthusiasm, that pride. I have the honor to run London again...and for those of you who have wished me well, who are reading this., a HUGE THANK YOU for ALL your kind words, your prayers, your shout outs, your confidence. It means so much to me. I will run with your words in my mind's ear and together we will answer the call of LONDON!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Yep, down to single digit numbers now as the count down to London continues.
My nerves are kicking in. My hubby is already getting things together to pack.
We leave in 6 days.
I have my last pace run to do today which I delayed from yesterday. Can't put it off I have to get out there!
The doubts want to creep in, to replay all the aches and pains and cramps and blisters and heat and rain and cold and negative moments from past marathons/races.
I let the doubts and anxiety wash over me.. and then I HAVE to let them wash away. To linger too long with the thoughts is self defeating, self bashing, self destroying.
Positive, strong, determined, capable, persistent....those are the type of words that I put into my mind...that is the type of fuel my body needs as well as the healthy edible kind.
I ask myself, what am I doing today to be the strong athlete that is taking on another marathon?
The rest of day nine will show that.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Like a clock ticking, so have these months flown by!
It was in October that I found out that I got a place in the London Marathon through my running club.
I formulated my running calendar and put an x on the start day in January when my training would begin.
Then the snow, cold, icy winter conditions held fast for over 2 weeks and put my training back a little.
I signed up for the Half Marathon that would be my bench mark...The Liverpool Half.
I've put down more than 400 miles in training, I've iced, I've stretched, I've cross trained.
I've watched the food intake and have even been able to loose some weight while training.
With all of that, it now has come down to a dozen days left until I take my place at the start at Greenwich and run towards the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Just under 2 weeks when I will walk with my hubby passed the massive Red Start area to his well deserved good- for- age start within the Green Start and then continue onward alone into the larger Blue Start. The wheelchairs and elite women will leave from there and a half hour later, the elite men and the rest of us will fill the streets like a flowing ribbon ebbing and rippling onward, streaming forward over Tower Bridge, along the Embankment, passed Big Ben, until we empty through the yellow gates beyond Birdcage Walk.
I'm spending these last days doing my final preparation. Just one double digit run left this week....the rest single 'till we depart on 22 April.
Yes it's come down to this....and with the spirit of a Road Warrior....I'll be ready!
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