Well, my body was taken down by one of the worse viruses I’ve ever experience for all of last week. With the week I gave my body to recover from Hinson Lake and the week I’ve been forced to take off due to illness, I’m now way behind my training for the Richmond full November 16th.
Last night I took a Yoga for Runners workshop at Moga Charlotte so see what state my body was in from two weeks away from the routine. Surprisingly, things felt alright. I’m a little sore today, but no worse than the usual post-yoga burn I’d feel any other time. Tomorrow, anticipating I get an all-clear to run, I look to get in 4 easy miles around the neighborhood after work. Thursday looks to hold a similar 4-5 mile plan with me hoping to tackle a hefty yet gentle long run on Saturday of 14 or 15 miles. I’m confident that I can get to the mileage as I really did train ALL summer for the 50 mile distance. My shortest long run of 15 was done a handful of times, building it up as a comfortable base.
My parents are making the trip from Columbus to see me compete in a distance race for the first time ever. I’m so excited to have the support of people I actually know on the course. It makes all the difference when you’re ready to give up at mile 22, but know that your Dad will be at the finish line holding your post-race beer to chug down the second you cross. Hayley and Brennan will also be there, and It was an absolute blast having them at the Patrick Henry Half earlier this fall.
But, with all that being said, I am nervous I won’t be ready. The course time limit for the marathon is 7 hours so there would be no issue to complete a slow and steady marathon in that time. However, I don’t want to waste my entire weekend trudging through the streets of Richmond while everyone else watches the great HSC-RMC rivalry football game at the hubby’s Alma Mater. My head is already in a bad place.
I did determine that I can switch down to the half marathon at the expo if I really don’t feel prepared. But we all know I’m not one to give up that easily. The next 5 weeks will be a lot of listening intently to my body while still giving it a little push in the right direction.
Any suggestions on how to tackle this?