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Embracing The Taper

Saturday, May 26, 2012

This week has been great. I’ve 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 hasn’t really been that difficult. I’ve 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. I’m 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. It’s 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. I’m also worried I won’t sleep at all tonight. I’ve heard it’s pretty common, though, and won’t affect my running tomorrow. I’ve been making sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep all week, so I should be good.

I’m 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 don’t 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. There’s no pressure then. All I have to do is run.

I’m picking up my packet today. I can’t wait to see what kind of goodies are in it, and I really want to see the shirts. That’s why people run races, right? For the shirts? Today, I am going to focus on relaxing, stretching, packing, and mentally preparing myself for tomorrow. I’m 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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