Ooof this makes me nervous.
It is late Tuesday afternoon, and I have not yet written my blog post for tomorrow, and I still don’t have anything that is particularly coming to mind at this moment.
I know, I know. I don’t HAVE to write a blog post every Monday and Wednesday, but I am a very regimented person, and I like to.
It is 11 days until the California International Marathon, and tapering is finally starting to show a noticeable difference.
I still don’t feel great, I wouldn’t say my runs feel easy, that I am “feeling ready to go“, but I am noticing that the absolute exhaustion that was there last week is slowly starting to fade away.
I know I have done everything I can to be ready, and no matter what happens on December 4th, I will be proud of myself for how I have approached this season.
I have worked harder than I ever have before in a training cycle.
I have put in more miles than ever before. I have taken more steps to rest, relax, and recover. I taken on my phobia by having Kyle stick hundreds of needles into my peroneal to calm it down (which worked!). I have done the strength training with Drew. I have consulted with Evie to strengthen my mental side. I have sacrificed other things I wanted to do. I have raced well in the Indy Monumental Half.
I can confidently say that the paper shows I am ready to race well, but at the same time, I am keeping the pressure off.
It can be easy at this point to start building it up in our minds, seeing it as almost a life or death situation, that we HAVE to run well or…….*insert here*.
It can be easy to forget that there will be other races, there will be other opportunities, and that all we can really do is do the best for ourselves and our fitness for this point in our lives.
I interviewed Jared Ward yesterday for the run to the top podcast, and it was almost eerie how similar his approach to racing is to mine, but it gave me strength.
Jared’s story (he qualified for the Olympics this year, and then finished 6th) is not about a magic workout or a moment when the stars aligned.
It is about putting in the work, day after day, and building up slowly over time, at a pace your body can handle.
It is about going into the race knowing what your training has demonstrated you are capable of, and believing in that with your whole heart.
This is where working with a coach comes in, and you can discuss what is realistic for you, but the principles are the same.
You should know what would be an A, B, and C goal is for your current fitness, and be prepared to stick to your plan, no matter what anyone else is doing.
BUT obviously adjusting that goal dependent on conditions, rather than trying to brute force your way to that goal no matter what.
If you cross the line knowing you ran YOUR best race, thats all you can ask for.
If people beat you, well then good for them, they are better than you, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
That doesn’t mean they always will be better than you, but if you ran your best for that day, that is all you can ask.
So, as I go into my final workout, the Thankgiving Day 10k race in Cincinnati, I will remind myself of all that I have done to get to this point.
The training is all part of the journey, and I know I have done what I can to take the next little step on my running journey, but no matter what, I am proud of the way I have approached my training to this point.
Now all I need to do is rest up, and be smart these next 10 days.
So much can happen in 10 days, but I plan on just trusting the process, and continuing to do the final prep work to be ready for my race day.
Thank YOU for all your love and support as I move into the final week of training.
You all make me realize that no matter what happens, I will be loved, I will still be me, and I can just give it my very best.
That truly is all we can ask of ourselves, so thank you for believing in me.