Is it Sunday yet?
This week is dragging by. It's Wednesday, four days away from Surf City and it seems like it's still weeks away.
Today was better than Tuesday, though. Kennedy is still sick and I still feel a bit off. Maybe it's because I woke up at 3:30 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep. That might have something to do with it. I did manage to sneak in an hour nap at around 10, so that sort of made up for getting up so stinking early.
I don't know if it's coincidence or what but two people I've talked to about Surf City, two fellow first-time marathoners, are having the same sorts of issues as me: slight cough, feeling run down, sniffles. Maybe it's common to get sick before your first marathon, not sure.
I did manage to get my second-to-last run in today. I ran a whopping two miles. I was encouraged though because I felt great. I could have run a lot more, but of course I wasn't going to. On Thursday I have a soccer doubleheader - a girls JV game followed by a girls Varsity game - so I'm counting that as my last workout. But I'm also planning on a one-mile run on Saturday, and by one mile I mean one mile. Not 1.01 or 1.32 but 1.000000000. We had a guest speaker two weeks ago at the Lopers meeting, a former track coach and LAPD officer by the name of Pat Connolly. That link is to a story written about him in 1999, and he'd run some 30 marathons by then, including LA, Boston and New York. He was a great speaker and I thoroughly enjoyed the two times he went and talked to us.
Anyway, Coach Connolly suggested we run on Saturday, the day before the marathon to, as he put it, "open up your arteries" and said he used to have his athletes do that before big races. Just one mile. And I know myself, and I know that if I don't run at all on Friday or Saturday I won't feel right come Saturday night and that could carry over into Sunday. So that will be that I suppose.
Also, the latest weather forecast calls for a partly cloudy day on Sunday! How awesome is that?? It's on both the AccuWeather and The Weather Channel forecasts... not that I've been checking a lot or anything. So a big thank you for all your rain dances/prayers to the running gods/warm thoughts/etc. Your trusty blog buddy appreciates it.