Today’s Workout: 7.25 muggy, rainy but fun miles on the trails with friends
5 Days Until Race Day!!
Nerves have not set in just yet only because I’ve been keeping busy. Last week our youngest bit through his lip during a dental visit and that has been consuming our time, night & day. The little man is toughing it out but it’s been full of visits to the dentist (luckily he is a neighbor!), multiple night time wake ups, and spoon feedings. The predicted healing time is two to three weeks. I wanted to share a picture of his fat lip but he is too embarrassed so I am respecting his 5 year old privacy. 😉 You wouldn’t think a busted lip would be so much trouble….IT IS. Maybe this is a good time for me to skip town and leave this up to the Mr.? ha ha.
Friday morning I leave for Minneapolis. A great group of friends and I try to plan one or two races a year that we can all run together and Twin Cities is it this year. The boys of the group are all much faster than me so knowing they are ahead of me and focusing on chasing always eases my nerves a bit. Just having those familiar faces helps tremendously. I cannot wait!!!
This past Saturday I jumped in the Neptune Festival 8K here at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. I ran it last year the week before the Chicago Marathon so I wanted to run the same course again to gauge my fitness before Twin Cities. The goal was to beat my last years time and I did just that! I won 1st place Female and I think I was 5th Overall with my time of 29:15. I beat the time I ran last year by 23 seconds!! I am very pleased with that especially since the weather was miserable and my shoes were soaked with rain. A friend wiped out on a slippery puddle in front of me at the first turn around and I was a bit hesitant after that. I didn’t want to break an ankle 7 days before my marathon! No race photo is complete without my mouth wide open!
The race director put on a great after party and even with the constant rain everyone had a great time! There was pizza, fancy muffins (as opposed to boring muffins), fruit, chocolate milk, juice, soda pop, etc. I was loving the food! I also loved that we all were able to meet an Olympic Gold medalist, Francena McCorory. She wore her gold medal and it was gorgeous!! She posed with me in the picture below as I was given my award and was super sweet when answering questions from the crowd. When asked for advice she downplayed herself. Obviously she works VERY hard to succeed so I loved how humble she was about it. If I was her I believe I would be wearing that medal 24/7.
Yesterday was my last trigger point therapy session. I went in there completely pain free thinking maybe it would be a waste but Denise found some tender spots that made me cringe. Muffled crying was echoing in the room. I walked out of there with a full range of motion in my hips. Afterwards I made my last pre-race trip to Running, Etc. for my race day supplies. As always they have been so supportive of me. I’m all set!!
The owner of Running, Etc. emailed me some words of encouragement and with my iphone I screen shot a picture of it to save. It took 1/2 a second and now every email & text about Twin Cities I receive from friends and family I have done the same with. I plan on scrolling through them all again race morning. I’m such a nerd but I really appreciate them so much! It was such a simple and quick idea that I thought I had to share it. If you have an iphone just hold down the circle button and the on/off button at the same time. It will take a picture of whatever is on the screen and automatically save it to your photo gallery. It’s much faster than going through your email inbox.
Have a great week everyone! If you have any advice for me about the Twin Cities Marathon course I would greatly appreciate it. I have already been warned that the last 5 miles are an uphill battle so you can’t scare me there!