Philly Marathon Race Week- Eye of the Tiger Time

Morning Workout- 10 miles with middle 3 at goal marathon pace

Afternoon Workout- Rest…it’s still taper time.

Twin Cities Marathon. We had a pretty nice wolf pack going on for a good chunk of the race. Going to try to recapture that feeling of determined, fearless flow again on Sunday.

Here we are at the final week before my goal race of the season, the Philadelphia Marathon. How am I feeling? Quiet & Confident. I’ve never hit taper feeling so prepared, rested, ready for the challenge as I am now. We all know that anything can happen on race day, especially at this distance, but there is a comfort in knowing that if I do not PR on Sunday, it will not be for lack of fitness. For the non-runners who read this blog, that does not mean that race day will be easy or comfortable, by any means. Sunday will be a huge battle for me, physically & mentally, but I’m ready for it. Anxious for it. I have some amazing memories in Philadelphia from first dates with the Mr. to racing at the Penn Relays and a million before and after those. Hopefully those memories will help pull me through the tough miles.

Here is what the rest of my week looks like:

Wednesday- 6-7 Miles followed by a Bagel Date. (too early to carbo load? πŸ˜‰ )

Thursday- 6-7 miles and a 60 minute massage.

Friday- 4-5 Miles. Driving to Philadelphia that morning. We have a wedding the following weekend so I’ll be driving the Mr.’s truck up alone then flying home so we can leave a vehicle there for the next weekend. I LOVE driving long distances so as weird as it sounds, I am looking forward to this time to listen to music in the truck. This is also the day (for those who have asked) that I will be at the Race Expo with family and friends, so shoot me a message if you’ll be there.

Saturday- 3 mile shake out run. Manicures & Pedicures with some of my favorite ladies: my Sisters & Mom :D, followed by eating, watching movies, and relaxing. I will not be staying in the city. I grew up 20 minutes outside of the city and thought it would be better to stay with family where I feel comfortable and where no one cares in the least about talking about running. Because of nervous anticipation, the last thing I want to do before I race a marathon is talk about running. Let’s laugh and talk about something else pretty please.

Sunday- RACE DAY. My high school Cross Country coach is driving me to the race. He is one of my lucky charms and is fearless when it comes to screaming in my ears that I need to pick up the pace. He was the one who introduced me to my love of running so I am thrilled that he happily agreed to stick with me on race morning, cheer for me at multiple spots, and most-likely let me cry on his shoulder at the finish line like I did at the Boston Marathon. I am fortunate that I will also have many other friends and family spectating race morning. Every marathon I have run in the last few years has been a destination race with some amazing friends (Granato Racers!) so I’ve had a few familiar cheers but nothing like I expect this weekend. Can you tell I’m excited?

On twitter I shared my bib number for anyone who would like to follow me on race day. I am #104. I don’t feel comfortable sharing my goal pace or time online. It feels a bit unlucky to do so but do know that I will be chasing a big PR. My current PR is 2:49:58. Before I go, I’d like to thank Running, Etc., Coach Mark Hadley, Dennis Welch Endurance Group, and The Bedgear Company in advance for supporting me. Also all my friends and family who have been there, you know who you are.

I may try to share some pictures before race day but if I can’t figure out the blog from my phone deal, than I may be limited to twitter & instagram. Thank you ALL for reading along. Your words have meant so much to me!

Have a great week and to everyone racing: Wishing you speedy miles!

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25 thoughts on “Philly Marathon Race Week- Eye of the Tiger Time

  1. Woohoo! Can’t wait to see you flying by out there. You won’t be too far behind my husband, so I’m sure I’ll see you. I’ll be yelling for you!!!

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  2. I’m so excited for you!! I can’t wait to hear about it! My son and I will be running our own race on Sunday (his third 10k of the year!), but we’ll be thinking of you while we’re on the course, and hoping you’re having a great race!!

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  3. Super Good Luck! Although I don’t think you need it. You’re training has been awesome (from what I’ve read at least) and you are going to knock this race outta the park! I’ll be thinking of you come Sunday and can’t wait to hear about it. Don’t forget to have fun πŸ™‚

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  4. I am really excited for you and truly hope great things happen for you on race day. I think you are going to kill it this weekend. Good luck and kick some butt out there!

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  5. I was thinking of you on my train to NY this evening as we rolled out of Philly and I spotted the boathouses all lit up along Kelly Drive. Will be thinking of you on Sunday, you are gonna rock, just channel your inner Rocky!

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  6. I really, really admire your hard work and dedication. I will be thinking and praying that everything goes AWESOME for you. You’ve had such an amazing training cycle and really deserve this. Know that I’ll be sending you some mental mojo from my long run that day! HUGS!

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