Well here we are!
It is officially October which means that Baystate is 2 weeks away. Holy crap.
I am definitely feeling a little anxiety over this marathon. You would think they would get easier the more you do, but I feel like I also finally understand just how painful marathons are. And maybe Delaware is still a little too fresh in my mind.
I’m also sad because for the first time in my running history, I’ll be running the full 26.2 miles without the comfort of knowing my mom is out there suffering through those same miles on the same course (first in Rochester NY during my senior year of college and then most recently in Delaware). For the most part, we haven’t run these marathons together, but there was still something reassuring about being in it together. More than anything, I’m sad for my mom that she is struggling through this awful injury and is going to have to DNS (Did Not Start) a race for the first time ever. 😦
But on the bright side, it will be WONDERFUL having someone to cheer for me when I cross that finish line in 2 weeks. Here’s a few other things that would make crossing the finish line of Marathon #3 even better:
1. I’m PRAYING for cool to even slightly cold temps. If we get hit with an unseasonably warm day, I’m gonna be pissed and will probably have to throw all my time goals out the window to avoid a repeat of DE. No more heat stroke for me.
2. Here’s to hoping my stomach doesn’t freak out at mile 20 again. I’ve been experimenting with Huma gels this training cycle, and they seem to be working pretty well for me. I’m hoping that by mixing these with my regular GU gels, it’ll keep my stomach under control (I’ve read that mixing up your gels can help because they all use different types of sweeteners).
3. I’m really, REALLY hoping I don’t lose any toenails. My right big toe has grown back just about 85% and so help me god if I lose it again…
4. I hope to finish feeling happy (even if I’m in pain). I do think I have a tendency to lose my mental toughness sometimes when things get hard, and I just want to be able to look back on this marathon and know I gave it everything I had.
5. I’m hoping for a fresh new PR in the marathon. Then I can feel content to take a break from running fulls for a while. 🙂
Throwback photo to finishing Marathon #1. Fun fact, I didn’t even have a GPS watch when I ran this race! I just used a regular stop watch to try to keep an eye on my overall time.
Have a great week!