Wow, the last couple of weeks have gone by so incredibly fast. I cannot believe that I will be an Ironman in 5 days. It is kinda freaky!
Tapering has been fun. I’ve gotten to really enjoy the fall weather with the extremely slow weekend runs. My coach says that it is important to get used to running slower than normal for a least a few runs to simulate Ironman marathon pace. For those of you who don’t know, your Ironman marathon pace is approximately (or it should be) 1:30min/mile slower than your stand alone marathon min/mile pace. What did that mean for me? 9:45 and 10 min/miles. It was really hard to do these runs!! We would be talking and not notice that we were running 8:30 min/miles. Crap! Gotta slow down!!
Our hair is actually frozen. My eyelashes actually had little icicles on them before I went in to grab my phone after our 1 hr 45 min run!
Then, it snowed last weekend…
Snow eating ensued…
Riding my bike outside was OUT of the question so the trainer
and Real Housewives of Atlanta were utilized!!
Do you like all the crap on the carpet? Who knows what the dogs chewed up?! They managed to get a tree branch through the dog door tonight. I swear, if you turn you back on them, they are just like kids!!!
Or they play nice and cuddle together…
Hehe. I know. I know. It is just SO freaking cute. I had to throw it in there somewhere for you guys to see. 😉
Oh! And I bought some new running shoes. For some reason, my Brooks were still hurting my arches with or without my inserts. I don’t know what is up with that. All I know is that if they hurt after an hour run, it probably would be worse during an Ironman marathon. Yep. So I got some Saucony’s. So far, so good!!! I plan to wear these puppies for the race!
Everyone who knows that I will be racing on Sunday has called me or come up to me to ask me, “Are you excited? Are you nervous?” I’m not even kidding you, I swear at least 40 people in the last two weeks have asked me those questions in that order. At first, I was excited, and I felt thankful that they even thought to ask me about how I was feeling. Today, not so much.
It finally hit me yesterday that I will be competing in an Ironman. I started to feel nauseous. I know people care, and I SO SO appreciate the support, but I would rather them tell me that I’m going to do great or give me a fun fact about the course than ask me if I’m nervous. It does nothing but bring it to my attention that I’m nervous! I know that sounds stuck up, but that is the way I’m feeling!! Let’s just put it this way: I was so relieved when my sister called to talk to me yesterday about her breast feeding issues than how I was feeling for the race!! haha
At least, swim practice went really well last night, AND I got to talk with my coach for a little while. He always calms my nerves. He claims that I am ready for this thing, and he knows his stuff so I’m going to believe him or at least try!
Positive thoughts!!! I just need to keep believing what I have been the last few weeks. I AM ready for this thing. I have trained. I have done the work. Now it is time to reap the benefits! 😉