First off, I'll announce the winner of the Sharkies giveaway! I had so much fun doing this first giveaway, and I'm talking to a few more companies presently about future fun stuff to share with my peeps. I can't wait for more!
And the winner is:
Erika from This Spartan Will!
I'll get with you Erika, and get your stuff in the mail asap. Congrats!
Now on to me. I'm finally tapering!! I haven't actually done the whole tapering thing before, as I've never ran a race longer than a half marathon and I didn't really feel the need to. You see, I'm that person that sees the lower mileage and thinks "I can run 13 miles at the end of a regular week, why run fewer miles before a race?" I'm never out there to win anything, as I'm too slow to compete against anyone but myself (or maybe the little worm crawling along the race course). But as I've never in my life run 26 grueling miles in a row, I'm thinking that I'll take this taper quite seriously. Especially since the next few weeks will basically be spent hubby-less anyway. Shorter jogger/treadmill runs are all good to me!
My race preparations are also all coming together. I have my race outfit picked out, along with warmer weather gear just in case. I'll be representing Team Endure to Cure that day happily! I have my prerace meal planned, along with my hydration thought out. I also have my hotel booked, though it may be that I'm staying there alone now. I learned that my daughter's Taekwondo school has a tournament that day, and I couldn't for the life of me ask her to miss it simply so I can have people there to hug at the end. I've invited my mother, and hopefully she'll be able to make the drive. If not though, I'll go and have a looooooong bath the night before, relax for my first night ever away from the kids (eek!), and probably vomit a few times from horrible nerves.
Yes, I'm nervous. Like, scared to death. I didn't want to admit it, but this final training phase has brought it to light in a very big way. I'm nervous because I've never gone this far before. And because I've been talking the talk for months. And because there is one super massive hill (aka mountain, seriously) around miles 13-19 that may just do me in. And I honestly don't want to hobble crying across the finish line. So let's all just pretend that my race is much shorter and completely free from mountains, mmkay?
So that's what I've got. Excitement over taper, a few weeks of single- or travel-parenting, and a race that scares the holy bajeezus out of me. It could be worse.