Three miles today. It seems so little, but it helped so much. I wish I could have gone for a longer run. I am a ball of nervous energy. I need to get out there and run to clear my head and myself back, but I can’t. I’m in the taper and it’s kind of getting to me. I am really looking forward to the big run on Sunday.
I’m getting a little nervous as well. Chicago is flat. Very flat. There is one “hill” on the course for the Chicago marathon, and it’s not even a hill, it’s a bridge over railroad tracks. You don’t get hill training in when you run in Chicago. Well, apparently Rockford is not as flat as Chicago, and this has been starting to worry me. I didn’t train on hills, so a hilly course could be the end of me.
I went to the website again (I seem to go there daily now, not quite sure why) and re-read the course description. They say that only 10% of the course is hilly and the rest is flat, so it should be a fairly fast course. That made me happy. Then Alan pointed out that means only 2.6 miles of the course are hilly. That made me even happier. Then I figured if you go up hill, you have to go down on the other side, so only 1.3 miles of the course should be uphill. I can handle that. That is doable.
So as you can see, I am a spaz. Three miles helped, but ten would have been better. Riley did well although she really wanted to go by North Pond. We were at an intersection and she really wanted to cross the street and go north, where as I wanted to go west and head home. It took some convincing, but ultimately, I am the human and I am in control. I know we were a funny sight though. I’d take a step west, she’d look at me all sad then turn and take a step north. Silly girl.
Okay, five days from right now (8:04 AM CST) I will be about 30 minutes/ 3 miles into the marathon. Ahhhhh. . . .