Monday, October 13, 2008

Reward Week

So Sunday is the half-marathon. It is everything I have trained for and the capstone of the past couple of months. I always find this week to be odd. While the race is something I worry about - in terms of finishing - it is a reward. It is a day that is like a birthday. My family treats me to meals of my choice and freedom to relax on race day.

This particular half-marathon means a lot to me. Last year I had a falling out running partner and best friend. We had been running partners since high school. In many ways I didn't know how I could do a race with out her. I am the serious trainer, who thinks that I cannot do the race if I miss a long run or have a bad run one day. She is the relaxed runner, who is a natural born athlete and doesn't worry about missed runs or a late night out drinking before the race.

So Sunday, all my efforts will be put forth.

I am looking forward to this week. I am going through my traditions and routines as most runners do.

Spaghetti lunch with my Dad. Breakfast and packet pickup, on Saturday, and pre-race carb loading...

7 comments:

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

how exciting! good luck!!!

i'm thinking of starting to train for a race for this summer.

*~Dani~* said...

Good luck! I could never be a runner. In fact, I tried once. Quit after a few blocks. You are a better (and probably fitter) woman than I.

Lauryn said...

That sounds great. Good for you. I could never do that. At least not so far in this life :)

Good luck! Have fun!

Kitty Cat said...

Good luck!!! My dad has done the Comrades Marathon (89km) for...phew...18 years now? Or more? So I've grown up watching him train, watching him wake up early to do races, carbo-loading, etc. It's a lot of discipline, but worth it. So good luck again, and keep us posted.

Marcy said...

You're going to do AWESOME!! ;D ;D Let the week of madness begin :P

Jamie Lovely said...

Good luck! You'll do great!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Good luck! I am always impressed with anyone who does a race. I haven't participated in a race since h.s. It is very intimidating to me now that I have been out of that hard core training.