The marathon is less than a week away. I can't express how relieved I'll be when the event is behind me. Marathon training, at it's peak, dominates and colors a person's life and schedule. At least it does this person's life and schedule.
I knew our summer plans as a family were loose, so I could commit to a training plan. Chris and the boys have been very supportive. I suppose there's nothing my training has prevented us from doing, but the long, Saturday, training runs have meant quiet Friday nights [nothing out of the ordinary for us]. Other than my unfortunate heat-exhaustion experience, I've felt fine after 17, 18, 20 mile runs and been able to go on hikes or work in the yard for the rest of the day. [Only because my endurance runs are at a VERY slow pace.]
The past couple of weeks, Supermodel and I have had a few days with conflicting schedules. I enjoy having a training partner, but the days I run solo are nice also. I'm alone in my thoughts, I talk to God, and I have conversations with people that I won't likely have in real life. It's cathartic.
Two things I wish Supermodel could have experienced with me last week...
Ferdinand: The coolest, small, but stocky, black bull lives in a pasture on one of my running routes. He roams peacefully amongst the horses and cows, and I LOVE him. As I ran by one day last week, he was sitting on his rump, just like the passive bull Ferdinand in the 1930s story, with his back towards the fence, making a moany-mooing sound. He was only a few yards away from where I stood. I made a clicking noise to get his attention. He made his moany-mooing sound after my clicks, but he never figured out where the clicks were coming from. He looked left, then right, but didn't turn around to see me. I finally resumed my run, but I believe that little bull was sitting there enjoying the view of his pasture, maybe even smelling the flowers like Ferdinand.
*Barefoot Running: I saw a man running in a pair of the Vibram FiveFingers shoes. We were running towards each other and I noticed his feet looked different from a distance. I stopped him and asked how he liked the shoes. He said he only wears them once a week to work on his form. I'm not sold. They're too ugly. A friend of mine predicts they'll be the next footwear trend for unfashionable lesbians. If anyone has experience running in these shoes, I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
I've given up coffee and have been drinking green tea in the hopes that the extra flavonoid antioxidants will boost my immune system. I have an easy training week ahead. My personal life is busy with the boys and appointments, etc..., but the running will not add any stress. I'm almost there.
I feel a little anxious about the race, but I know I'm prepared. I followed the plan. I may not break any speed records, but barring an unforeseen glitch, I should accomplish my goal.
I'll let you know in about a week.
*Photo courtesy of Google Images.