Happy Friday! Since it’s the last Friday of the month, I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions.
I’m nearing the end of my marathon training cycle. I have a 8-10 mile run on Saturday, a few runs next week, and then it’s time for the big race – the New York City Marathon on November 6th! I’m excited, anxious and terrified, but I’m determined to have an awesome race and enjoyable experience! Here are a few things I want to ‘runfess’ about marathon training…
Taper Time is an Amazing Time!
Okay, so I know most runners do not like “the taper”…WHY?! I am LOVING everything about taper time! Shorter runs and more time in the afternoon/evening is amazing! I’ve been able to get more things done and my body is really appreciating less time on my feet. I have also enjoyed resting on the couch a little more. I think my body was SCREAMING for a break, and I’m happy to oblige! I’m also in a happier mood 🙂
Visualizing that Finish Line
Lately I’ve been visualizing the finish line during my runs. I know it’s going to be a once in a lifetime experience when I cross that finish line. Just thinking about it makes me smile. It’s a great positive thing to focus on during my runs.
Sleep is awesome…when it happens
I’ve never been a great sleeper, but my sleep patterns for the past two weeks have been horrible. I’m either up late (past midnight) or asleep by 9:30. It’s crazy and I really need to find a happy medium. I’m REALLY excited about the race, so I’m not sure if that has something to do with the crazy sleep pattern, but I know that I’ll be sleeping a lot after the marathon 🙂
I’m not nervous…yet
So when I first looked at my training plan WAY back in July, I was terrified. I had no idea how I was going to get through long training runs of 13+ miles, or my peak week. I gained more confidence each week and I started to go from terrified to scared to just nervous. As of yesterday, I don’t really feel nervous anymore. I know I can complete this marathon. I’m sure that I will be nervous the morning of the marathon, but for now I’m just so excited for Marathon Week to start on Monday!
October has been a great, but long month. I completed 3 half marathons this month and logged my two 20-mile runs. I’m really excited to see what November brings!
Do you have anything that you want to runfess this month?