As I thought about my posts for this week, I had planned to do a post about “Final Race Thoughts” today. As the week progressed, and suddenly it was Thursday, I realized I didn’t have any profound race thoughts to share. In fact, I feel pretty much the same as I did a week ago or a month ago. The race is lingering in the near future, but for the first time I’m not overly anxious or worried.
I’m not sure if this is a good thing, or if it’s just due to knowing that there is nothing else that is in my control except staying mentally strong on race day. Really, I can’t control how I feel physically during the race, but I can control my reactions to those feelings by how I handle them mentally.
I know I have put in the work, and I have had probably the closest thing I could imagine to a perfect training cycle. I made my own training plan, and I owned it. I made it mine, I adjusted as necessary, and I remembered the purpose of each and every workout. I enjoyed this training, despite some of the really hard workouts (thinking back on those 800s early in training) and some rough weather (some humid runs, some runs in the pouring rain and wind, and some runs with a “real feel” of 12 degrees).
So instead of going on and on about my training and my thoughts about this race (haven’t you heard enough by now) I thought it would be fun to take a look back for a second. Three years ago yesterday (November 20th, 2011) was my very first marathon in Philly. Time hop is fun for days like this.
I also looked back on a post by my friend Alli who was my #1 spectator at my first marathon. We had planned to go there together so she could run the half, but she got hurt a few weeks before the race. She still made the trip from Boston to Philly to drive me around and cheer me on! And lucky for me she had a blog at the time and I didn’t! You can check out her recaps of that race weekend here:
And if you are looking for more info about the Philadelphia Marathon, check out this article with some tips about pacing for the course:
So that’s about it! This weekend I’ll be posting my usual meal plan/prep and weekly recap posts, but I have no idea how much I’ll be posting next week due to traveling. I’m sure I will check in at some point about the race, but as always you can follow me on Instagram to see how it went.
Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend, and I’ll see ya on the other side!