The weather and conditions in Charlotte have been interesting.
- Monday it basically snowed all day long and everything was canceled/closed, but actually, the road conditions weren't too terrible. My office was closed and I had the day off.
- Tuesday, the snow had stopped and over night it we had received a bunch of freezing rain. This actually made the conditions worse, because it was still so cold out and any moisture/snow stuck to the ground was now ice. This prompted more closings and delays, but more things were open Tuesday than Monday. I had a two hour delay, and went in to work.
- Today (Wednesday) we are basically in the same situation as yesterday: still cold, still icy. It seemed to warm up enough to melt things a little more today. More places also seem to be open today than the previous two days, thus progress.
In other news, I did what is likely to be my last training run before the marathon. I did 3 (slow) miles on my work treadmill last night. It actually felt good, especially after the first mile when things seemed to loosen up. I stretched after and headed home. So far, if anything I've actually felt better after this run than worse, which I think is very encouraging. I need that right now. A lot.
Yesterday I talked to my marathon buddy Michelle for a while. She told me she's actually worried about my mental state of mind going into this marathon. I know everyone says that marathons are a very mental thing and it's a component I can't ignore that I need to really take seriously. I admit, my spirit about this marathon has been damaged by this hip-flexor thing. I feel like a marathon is a huge challenge when you are 100% physically okay and knowing that I'm going to this less than 100% makes it that much more intimidating. I also hate the fact that I didn't do my last two long runs (12 and 8 miles). While I did do a bunch of shorter runs, and it was taper anyway, it still makes me nervous that I missed two of my long runs and when I'm running it and searching for confidence, I won't have the knowledge that I did EVERY run I should have to prepare. I also question what missing those runs may have done to my endurance. It just... bothers me.
What it really boils down to is that while I like trying new things and getting out there in the world, I am a calculated risk taker. If I decide to take a risk- like running a marathon, I am not one of those people who signs up from day zero and says, "I am just going to start from nothing and get to 26.2 miles". I am that person that waits til the absolute last minute I can to sign up and runs as close as I can to the actual distance (without going overboard) to see how I hold up so I can assess whether I think I can do it or not. You may have noticed I didn't sign up for my marathon until after I'd already done a 19 mile run (and the cost was going up...I'm cheap!). Basically if I'm going to take on something that scares me, I want to prepare myself as much as possible. The injury has thrown a little bit of a wrench in my plans to be as prepared and confident as possible and have that confidence in knowing without much doubt I can do this.
Last night I did a bunch of preparatory stuff for the marathon, and that seemed to help me perk up and get more excited. I emailed my mom with some logistical questions since my parents are coming to cheer me on and
The best news is that I feel almost NO PAIN today. I went in for my last appointment with Greenapple before the race today and got a little more A.R.T.http://www.activerelease.com/ on my leg and hip. By the time I was done I was seriously grinning from ear to ear excited about the race. I got back to work (I go during my lunch hour) and found Michelle to tell her how good my hip flexor is feeling and that I think I'm ready for this race!
Let's do this!!