There’s less than two weeks to go until the Marine Corps Marathon.
My flight to D.C. is booked. My Oiselle Volee race kit is in order. As much hay has I could get in the barn is in the barn. My body needs to heal and get stronger; I’m so grateful it’s taper time.
If I seem less than enthusiastic about my training, it’s because I’m not sure what to make of it. I had some great, confidence-building workouts and a lot of tough ones. My body has been going through something I’ve never dealt with before: a deep pain and ache similar to that when you’ve been on your feet all day–but 4 miles into a run.
But here’s the thing: I feel really good about the Marine Corps Marathon. I am going to do something good on Oct. 30. I’m not certain if I can PR, but I am going to try. What I really want to do is win, to get the best out of myself on the day.
I’ve got a lot of things going for me:
- I’m strong. I’ve handled a lot of failure and haven’t given up. I’ve run four marathons, so I know how to do this. And for this race, I’m more excited than nervous. When I watched Jan Frodeno talk about how much he suffered during the Ironman World Championships, my thought was “I can’t wait to go out there and suffer!”
- I’ve been healthy since 2012 (only a few minor niggles here and there, but nothing that’s put me out for weeks), so I’ve got a lot of consistent work to draw upon.
- I’ve finally found race nutrition that works for me! My GI system is so sensitive to sugar it’s been a hell of a time finding food that works. Honey Stinger chews are fantastic and delicious and don’t stick to your teeth like glue.
- My race kit is bad ass, you guys. The Oiselle team 3/4 top makes me feel fast basically because it’s the same style kit elite women wear. It’s hard to think you’re slow when you feel like Kara Goucher.
- Most important, I have a great group of people around me. My family, friends and Oiselle teammates have buoyed me so much. I’ve created a list of 26 people to run for, from people I know to people I’ve never met who inspire me with their courage.
I need a win, you guys. It’s been a tough year in many ways. It’s been two years since I’ve had a good race. I need a day where I put forth a monster effort and succeed. Somehow, something deep inside of me is telling me this will happen. Instead of doubting, I’m going to have faith.