Boy, oh boy am I ever excited! I went downtown yesterday to get my packet for race day and check out the expo and I may have spent a lot of money….oops. Oh well, I just kept telling myself “you only run your first marathon once!” So I came home with a bag filled to the top with new Detroit 26.2 gear, fuel, and a new belt for tomorrow! It really started to hit me that I am actually going to run this thing when we were walking around and everyone was just so excited. The atmosphere was so great and I think that is one of my favorite things about racing; it is awesome to get a bunch of people who are passionate about the same thing is one room. The energy is contagious and my nerves went away completely.
The nerves are back though. As soon as I woke up this morning it hit me that in less than 24 hours I will be running 26.2 miles, starting at 7am with a predicted temp of 32 degrees F. Brrrrr! I Wasn’t prepared for winter weather at all! The plan for today is to head over the salvation army to grab some warm hoodies and things because another thing I learned is that any clothes thrown away on the course just get donated, so I will definitely be taking advantage of that. I’m going to try to stay off my feet as much as possible today, but I will be taking some small walks throughout the day because they seem to help prep my body and mind. Yesterday was my big carb-load day because I found that for my body, lots of carbs the day before a long run makes me feel really heavy and I do not want to feel like that tomorrow. I will be eating lots of carbs today, however they will just be lighter carbs and I guess we will see how it all works out tomorrow. This whole journey leading up to race day has been a learning experience and I am remembering that tomorrow I will learn a whole lot more.
For now though, I have to snap back to reality and being a college student because midterms are next week (BOOOOO!). Don’t they know i’m running a marathon tomorrow? I don’t have time for this whole studying thing! Just kidding, school always comes first and I guess this is no exception. I hope everyone has a good weekend and I cannot wait to share my race day experience with you all!
“I dare you to train for a marathon and not have it change your life.”