Hello from San Francisco!
As the race gets closer (2 days!!), I find myself more and more excited. I thought I would be super nervous, anxious and a bit stressed but surprisingly I am the exact opposite (for now!) I feel confident, calm and ready to tackle this challenge. The training is done, the work has been put it and at this point all I can do is mentally prepare myself by staying confident, excited and…
I don’t know what Sunday has in store for me but I do know that I already feel like a winner. Ever since last year’s race where I ended up dropping to the half marathon due to an injury, I have wanted to come back to ‘finish what I started’..and who can pass up a vacation with your best friend from college. Once it was definite my best friend from college was going to be working in San Francisco the same week as the race, I was sold. I had to go back and spend a nice vacation with her and tackle this race injury free and in its entirety.
However, I certainly had my doubts even though my body was healthy and strong. When I logged on to register, I played around with the idea of just sticking with the half marathon because I truly felt that even if I did register for the marathon, I would just end up switching back over to the half simply because I was scared. I was scared of those high mileage runs in marathon training. I don’t know what it was about the thought of them that just made me scared and convinced I was incapable of doing them. I ended up fighting my first fear and registered for the full. My game plan was to just continue my training after the Boston Run to Remember Half Marathon at the end of May. However, I took a wee off from running after the race and focused on Crossfit. I had a 14 miler planned for the weekend after the race but I wasn’t mentally ready to get back to running. Once I skipped that 14 miler, the mental game really hit hard. I was convinced this whole marathon thing wasn’t going to happen. Not only was I already feeling defeated by the fear of those long runs but I was already bailing out on my first real long run of official marathon training.
8 weeks later from that Sunday that I skipped my 14 miler and was convinced the marathon was not going to happen, I am in San Francisco ready to take on the big 26.2. So yes, I already feel like a winner before even making it to the start line simply because I conquered my biggest of this whole thing…the training.
Having competed in sports and races all my life, I have accomplished many things I am proud of, but accomplishing this training is definitely one of the biggest accomplishments of them all. I really owe it to a couple amazing females at my Crossfit box. I watched in amazement as they trained for the Boston marathon this past winter. They ran long runs on treadmills, on snowy roads and in the bitter cold weather. I just couldn’t believe it. Not only did 16 miles sounds like a scary and unfamiliar number to me, but IN THE SNOW or ON A TREADMILL! That’s like another level of fear right there. I was just so amazed. Every week I was utterly impressed andI admired what they were doing. When they ran Boston, I was proud but mostly jealous! They were achieving something that I so badly wanted to achieve. When I talked to them a couple days after the race they just kept saying, “Trust me Mel, you can do it!.” The more they said it, the more I believed it. And finally I was able to say it too – you’re right, I can do this. I can’t thank them enough for that and I truly believe that their support from the beginning is what allowed me to conquer my fear and is why I am doing this.
..I think this whole taper thing is also getting me excited for the race. Hell, I just want to workout! Taper week will forever the hardest training week for me. I am someone who just loves to workout and exercise. Whether it be the adrenaline from Crossfit, the relaxation from yoga or the ability to just think and sweat on a long run…exercise is my way of keeping me relaxed and stress free. Of course there are bad workouts that just fuel frustration and stress but good or bad, there is no better feeling than finishing up a workout.
Saturday was my last Crossfit workout before the marathon, Sunday I did a 10 miler and so far while I have been in San Francisco, I did a beautiful shakeout run along the pier..
..and some great yoga classes!
I wholeheartedly believe in the taper process and I know my body will be thankful for doing it come Sunday, but it’s no easy task!
On the plus side of this tapering, I get to relax and just enjoy my beautiful surroundings here in San Francisco!
Off to the Expo! Everyone have a great day 🙂