Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tick Tock...

The time is just crawling by. Anticipation. Maybe even anxiety. Tick tock.

I'm taking tomorrow off from running and I plan to jog 3 or 4 miles on Friday. Tapering drives me crazy! I feel like I'm getting out of shape instead of getting rested. Tick tock. I haven't been sleeping well. Tick tock. Now, I'm a little concerned that I won't be well rested.

This morning when I ran, my mind was imagining things that hurt. My right foot hurt. My left knee hurt. My right hip hurt. My groin was tender. I'm sure something else hurt, too. None of that was hurting before today! What is wrong with me?!? Tick tock.

I suppose I need a couple of good running quotes to keep me going. How's this...
"Suck it up, buttercup!"
"It's all mental until you pass out. Then, it's physical."
"Pain is good. More pain is even better."
"The truth is that running hurts." (and I'll make my own addition here, racing a marathon hurts even more!)
Maybe more optimism is in order...
"Every serious marathoner should do Boston, to experience the close to a million spectators, the three generations of families out cheering, the little kids handing you water or orange slices. The whole city really appreciates the runners." - Neil Weygandt
"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort." - Jesse Owens
Boston. To make it a reality, I've shown the dedication and self-discipline. Saturday is about determination and effort.

1 comment:

TreeTrunkRick said...

The pain is a reminder that your body is alive and well and ready to go. Just a few more days. Huntsville's not Boston but there are enough people around the race course that just when you need a second (third or fourth) wind, there's a small group cheering the runners on. You can do it. Aim for 3 hours. Be happy with 3:15:00. Use the Fleet Feet team as moving signposts in front of you and beat them to the finish at the end!