I am…

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“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

That’s a quote from my favorite book The Bell Jar, which I wouldn’t mind reading if stranded on a desert island (or in a hotel room, which you can read more about in my Oiselle profile).

Well, I got in to see my doctor today and HE SAYS I CAN RUN!!!

From this…

…to this, less than a week later!

I’m so happy/ nervous/ excited that this weekend is happening. A week ago I was hopeful but not entirely sure my lungs would be able to take me 26.2 miles. However, my worries have now turned to carbo-loading and race day nail art. I’m thinking midnight blue with a bright green bird on one nail to match my uniform. Obviously this is extremely important.

I am also trying to figure out which tattoos to put where. I’m considering putting at least one Believe I Am tattoo on the inside of my lower arm so I can have a visual cue during the race. I’m thinking Courage, one of my favorite Ninja Stars. And, of course, I’ll have my shoulders tatted up with Oiselle (sorry they don’t have tattoos available for purchase, but there are lots of other goodies for sale).

What a crazy year this has been. I’m glad I have it all documented in my training journal. Got my tattoos ready for this weekend and a brand new Believe I Am journal ready to go!

So far so good with the injury prevention deal (if you want to read my first Sisters In Sport post, here it is). My mileage has been pretty low for this marathon buildup (I’ve averaged 38.8 miles for the past 7 weeks) so I was able to avoid some typical pitfalls. I think the key for me will be to take it easy the week after the marathon and get in at least one good yoga session. Last fall when I raced my first marathon I felt so good that I just jumped back into training, which led to a case of Achilles tendinitis. That shiz hurt, and I’d like to avoid it and any other injuries if I can.

One last thought: I’m 90% sure that I will be wearing a watch for the race. The 5k went really well without a watch, but the marathon is a totally different beast. Before Thanksgiving I wasn’t sure if I would be able to actually race, and if it turned into more of a long run I figured it would be fun to skip the watch. But… since I’m feeling better I should be able to push myself to a decent time, and so it’s important that I keep myself under control in the first half (hence the need for a timing device). I hope I have some good news to share on Sunday! Peace out for now, friends.

Any thoughts on race day nails? How’s your holiday shopping going? Any carbo-loading tips or marathon racing tips you’d like to share?

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4 thoughts on “I am…

  1. I spent most of yesterday connected to my computer, trying to do some Cyber Monday shopping. And then I realized that i had forgotten to change my address on the Amazon account, so the majority of that stuff is going to my previous home in California. Woops!
    As far as carbo-loading, just make sure to start 3 days before, not the day before. I made that mistake for my first couple of marathons. Stay off your feet as much as possible, and take it easy. Especially since you are getting over pneumonia!!
    I hope you have a great race. Do you have a time goal in mind?

    • Oh my gosh, I totally did that after we got married. I had to go to our old house to pick up some Christmas packages (but it wasn’t too far away). I have heard that about carbo loading so I’ll have to actually do it. Thanks for the reminder! Goal time: somewhere between 3:00 and 3:15 I would be happy, but anything under 3:35 is ok!

  2. mollie! i’ll be thinking of you this weekend. i looked at the “course map” online and laughed- how awesome is a marathon that shows a sketched drawing like that, has no online registration and costs $45!
    the roads are beautiful, and i know you’ll do great, if you keep the low-pressure outlook. i think the watch is a good idea, though, because it’s pretty remote out there and i doubt there will be splits on big neon timers at each mile!
    the vineyards in whitehall are pretty great- definitely stop in if you can after the race. or head to christian’s pizza on the downtown mall…

    • I haven’t had Christian’s, just Mellow Mushroom. Will have to try it! The course is ridiculous, the whole thing is ridiculous. I think it’s going to be like 1975. The shuttle will prob be a VW bus!

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