Sunday, January 28, 2007


Only 35 More Days!

That's right, only 35 more days until the big day! I'm starting to get a little worried that I won't make the time cut off, but at the same time am thinking this will be great motivation for me to not slack off during the race. I read online last night that once 5 1/2 hours have passed, they close down the course and a truck comes around to pick up the remaining runners or if you wish to not be picked up then they take your bib away :( That just seems like the most depressing thing ever, to have worked so hard to get that far only to have your bib taken from you, not even to be kept as a souvenir. I just can't let that happen to me, so I'm going to do everything I can to make sure I come in before the cut off time.

Well training has been going well, the knee is still doing great which has been an enormous relief. However, now it's the bottom of my right foot that has been giving me trouble. It feels just like a strained muscle so hopefully it'll just go away soon once I rest it a little bit. Otherwise, all goes well. Today we did a 13 mile run with quite a few hills worked into it so we could be sure to have hill training since there will be hills at the marathon. Actually the point was to practice going down hill since most of the marathon (as well as the LA marathon) will be downhill and our coach wants to be sure we don't injure ourselves in the marathon by pounding too hard going down hill or not controling our steps enough and blowing out our quads. However, to practice going downhill we had to go up hill :( I hate running on hills, and I was worried about having the hill practice with a 13 mile run, but it actually wasn't that bad. It's always exciting once I finish and realize that hey I just ran 13 miles, I still feel great, and that really wasn't that bad.

My approximate time from the run was a little slower than I'd like, because as I see it, if I maintain that same speed for another 13 miles that puts me at right around 5 hours. While that is 30 mins. earlier than the cut off time, I'd still like a little more cushion just in case I can't maintain that speed for 26 miles. However, I did probably spend a little too much time at the first water station since I was rather hungry and thirsty, not to mention pooped from the hills. Just need to make sure I'm keeping my breaks shorter in the marathon!

Well that's about it for now, just running longer distances, and still maintaining my yoga.

Oh in other good news, a member of our team who has been in remission just found out that she's still in remission bringing her to 3 years in remission, which is great news! She's been a great motivation for me considering she's just younger than me and listening to all that she's had to go through and yet still keeps such an optimistic outlook on life.

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