The boys are tucked into bed, I’m icing my foot and slurping a small glass of Bailey’s before bed. It’s the late night edition!
The runs are going better. I’m recovering from the cluster that was last Friday’s long run, though a short time in a padded cell probably wouldn’t have hurt. Yesterday’s 8-miler had me particularly focused. I’m guessing it was because it was at goal pace…it sort of drew me in. Either that or I just got sick of being bitchy and slapped myself back into shape. Whatever works.
What is goal pace, you might wonder? I wonder myself! Depending on the day and the way the wind is blowing, I’m hoping for anywhere from an average 9:20 to 10:00 pace for race day. On the days where I feel like the taper will be all that it’s cracked up to be, I let my freak flag fly and see myself averaging 9:20 with the last few miles dropping to around a 9:45. On days where I’m struggling and feeling cranky, I tell myself that I’ll be lucky to average 9:50 for the whole thing. On days like last Friday, I tell myself that I don’t even have to show up. This isn’t Russia.
I need to try not to worry about it. It’s my first marathon, so I should just plan on finishing. Geez, 6 weeks ago I didn’t even have the confidence to think my foot would let me reach race day! On the other hand, though, it’s likely my only shot at a marathon EVER, so I do want to do my best. I just wish I knew what that was.
Wouldn’t it be great if I could get close to a 4:15 AND raise $2000 for TiffeeG’s disease? That would be amazeballs! I so hope that happens…that would be my best. That is a goal I can embrace!
In the meantime, I will keep on running and enjoy this Friday, when I only have to run 13. I will definitely dump the Sade and save her for date night. I must revamp my playlist and go with more songs that pack a punch, either with the beat, the lyrics, or just the personal meaning.
So here it is…today’s Work It Out Wednesday song…Rhythm Nation by Miss Jackson (I’m nasty.) I’m not proud, but I am honest. I almost throw my back out when running to this song because I’m half running/half dancing when I hear it. It’s all kinds of awkward…just like me. Sing it if you want a better way of life!
Thanks for reading, for the comments and for all the support! Time for bed!