Hello! I cannot believe that tomorrow is the Newport Marathon.
Here’s my training by the numbers:
Miles Run: 431.23
Time Spent Running: 140 hours and 52 minutes
Donuts Burned: 285.23 (had I known this, I wouldn’t have given up donuts as part of my cheater cleanse)
Number of Green Smoothies Ingested: 35
Number of Running-Related Health Care Provider Visits: 10
Pounds Lost: 6
Pairs of Shoes Used: 4
States Where I Ran: 3 (Washington, California, and Oregon)
Races Run as Training Runs: 2
Weeks Lost Due to Injury: 2
New Year’s Resolutions Kept: 2 (doing speed work and cross-training)
New Year’s Resolutions Lost: 1 (eating less meat)
New Year’s Resolutions Pending: 1 (qualifying for the Boston Marathon or the NYC Marathon)
Number of Times I Was Hit by a Car: 1
Number of Whale Sightings: 1
It doesn’t seem possible—training went by so quickly, and before I knew it I was in taper, bouncing off the walls, feeling phantom pains, and obsessively checking the weather forecast.
Speaking of the weather, it’s supposed to be windy on race day. I am not happy. I’m relieved that it’s not going to be hot, but I am less-than-thrilled that there are forecasted NNW winds of 9 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 23 miles per hour. Especially when half of the course will be running into a headwind.
Headwind = slower times. Boo.
I’ve done enough complaining and fretting about it, though (thank you, Coach Kris and friends Katy, A, and H for letting me vent), and it’s time to move on. I can’t control the weather. I’ve done all the training, and now I just need to get the job done!
My friend, Katy, who is a regular source of running wisdom, reminded me about the struggles she had faced and overcome in her running to qualify for Boston. Despite those challenges—she did it anyway. She succeeded and met her goals.
“So it may be windy on the course.”
She did it anyway!
Best of luck to all of you who are running races this weekend; may you run strong and swiftly.