well, i managed to squeeze in time to get my A-race manicure, so the important stuff is taken care of. phew.
it's a little blurry- that's what you get for taking pictures of your gold nails and uploading them from your iphone in class ( Dr.kerrie- you LOVE reading this.)
this week, i enjoyed the taper more than most. many might think me a little too aggro to properly execute a taper that effectively reduces fatigue, but i basically nailed it. i trained an hour or less each day with wednesday TOTALLY OFF. nothing extra and really had no problem with this (i always read about you crazies who can't deal w/ tapering). slept until 5:45am every day except today (REALLY sad when that is your sleep-in wake up call time). today i did a quick 3-mile yogg and then hopped in the pool for an easy easy 2200 and then off to meet THE MAN.
dr. dan is the ART (Active Release Therapy) man. he is also my good luck charm (i visited him two days before the Orange County Triathlon and two days before Silver Strand Half Marathon, and i think these were my two best races this year. ) i have faith in dan the man. and since my hip has been bugging me for a couple weeks, i was happy happy happy to see him (ok, so i haven't mentioned the old hip, but that's because once you talk about it it is real, and i was trying to ignore it and make it go away.). so i guess you could say there is a small chance i won't run, but only if tomorrow in the pre-race jog, i feel any worse and like i could do some damage from the race. it hurts a bit standing on one leg/hopping, walking, and when i first start to run, but once i get going it's fine. the biggest problem dan notcied this morning is that this throws off my gait. but, IT IS WHAT IT IS and vegas will be fun.
turns out james is running the half marathon in vegas. so is Macca.....come on james, time to bring it!!! Macca's gotta be in some kind of off season. ATTACH YOURSELF TO HIS HIP AND STAY THERE UNTIL YOU BLOW UP. at least it will be a good story.
as for my race. sorry, kerrie, there will be no sub 3 :(....i WISH i could do that, but i did not train for that. if i run more than a few miles under 7 minute pace, i'll probably blow up spectacularly.
SO, my "A" goal is 3:10. My "B/ it's my first marathon and i will be happy to finish" goal is 3:30, and my super secret goal is 3:07. boston qualifying time for my age group is 3:40, but i'm not interested in going to boston so its not a part of the goals. I hear it gets cold in boston.
we leave tomorrow morning for vegas. when we arrive, we'll check in at the hotel, head to the expo to meet my Breakaway Training homies, felipe, luke, and the entourage and hopefully bump into the 'old FatDad and Gunner to talk some smack and use some scare tactics.
before or after the expo, i have a short run to shake out the legs, and then it's time to hit the tables....gotta bet on my race #!!! ew....but what if i lose? maybe i should bet AFTER the race.