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Embracing The Taper

Saturday, May 26, 2012

This week has been great. Iíve heard a lot about taper week, and I decided to go into it with my head in a good place. The plan was to be on point with my eating, hydration, sleeping, and (most important) to keep my thoughts positive.

It hasnít really been that difficult. Iíve been feeling great physically. I feel as ready and prepared as I can feel considering that I have never run 26.2 miles. I feel confident that I will finish it, even if I have to walk. Iím also really, really excited for the experience of it all. I think I will definitely meet my goals. I will finish, and I will enjoy as much of it as I can.

This week I have discovered what an amazing support system I have. Seriously, if you ever need to feel like everyone is rooting for you, run a marathon. It has been great. I am incredibly lucky to have the group of friends that I have, and my training has brought me some new runner friends, too. Itís so awesome.

Yesterday, the nerves set in. I still felt positive and excited, but I definitely started to feel nervous. My biggest concern is getting there on time and being in place for the start. Considering I plan to be near the back of the group, I think this worry is kind of pointless. Iím also worried I wonít sleep at all tonight. Iíve heard itís pretty common, though, and wonít affect my running tomorrow. Iíve been making sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep all week, so I should be good.

Iím really just ready for tomorrow to get here and to go do it. My legs feel great. I had almost forgotten how it feels to have rested legs that donít hurt every time I go down stairs. I feel like I have prepared for this really well, and I am looking forward to the start. Thereís no pressure then. All I have to do is run.

Iím picking up my packet today. I canít wait to see what kind of goodies are in it, and I really want to see the shirts. Thatís why people run races, right? For the shirts? Today, I am going to focus on relaxing, stretching, packing, and mentally preparing myself for tomorrow. Iím going to bed early and hoping I fall asleep and stay that way. It will be an early morning tomorrow!

I am so excited!!!
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