As I was feeding almost 11-month-old A breakfast this morning, we had a little conversation about how today was March 28, which meant that a month from today, Mommy would be running her 17th marathon (and the first marathon since giving birth to A), the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon in Champaign and Urbana, IL.
We also talked about how a month from now, but one year ago, she was due, but how she came six days late–almost a whole week!–because she was still getting her “finishing touches” put on. It was a riveting and reminiscing conversation!
The conversation was great and everything (one-sided as it is, anyway), until about 5pm this evening when I realized that today’s March 29, not March 28!
This is significant not only because I everything I told A was faulty but, more meaningful to the purposes of this blog, that means I HAVE LESS THAN A MONTH UNTIL MY MARATHON!
The excitement and nervousness and anxiety should be palpable for you, loyal and dear reader.
I can’t believe that we’re already this close–probably because we didn’t have much of a winter, so the training this time around hasn’t been as gruelling as it usually is–but man.
For as much as I’ve already run, and for as many huge accomplishments I’ve already set (helllloooooo, January 2012, the PR season to remember in the half marathon!), I still feel like I have a lot left to do… and a lot of improvement yet to make.
I guess this is part of what keeps me coming back to running and marathon training year after year, season after season, event after event: the constant pull to improve, to see what more I can do with my body, to see what else I can learn and apply to my training and lifestyle.
In subsequent posts, I’ll detail what I think are my race goals and race plan, as well as my racing calendar for 2012. Now that I’m fairly confident my family and I won’t be trekking cross-country to begin life anew in northern California, I can finalize some of my racing intentions for the rest of the year.
In the interim, though, I’ll concentrate on finishing out this training cycle super strong for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on 4/28, including one last 20 in a couple weeks, another good miles-repeat workout (I think I’m up to 6 or so, but I need to look at my notes), and another round of Yassos (I think I’m around 8 or 9 here, too). Thus, while the calendar says I’ve only got a few short weeks left until this race, my training sched says that there is still work to be done… and how.
Onward and upward!