Saturday, April 12, 2008

Marathon week begins

Tomorrow is part one of my "Run a Marathon in a Week" plan. That is, I will run a half marathon tomorrow and the "other half"—another half marathon—within the week, next Saturday to be precise. It's Whidbey Island tomorrow and Robie Creek (Boise) on Saturday.

I'm certainly as trained up as I'm going to be. I did my last pre-race run yesterday, an easy 5½ miles before work. I've run intervals, tempo runs, hill repeats, hilly races (10 miles in Anacortes, anyone?), a 5K, 10K, 15K and a 5 mile race (last week).

I picked up my race packet in Oak Harbor this afternoon and drove the route to preview it. (Hilly.) I've packed my bags, laid out my clothes, and am about to have pasta for dinner and maybe a nice bath before getting to bed. (I have to leave home at 5 a.m. tomorrow!)

I'm all set.

With one teeny tiny little fly in the ointment. I have a cold. I have not had a cold for probably two years but I have one now. I've been using Zicam and eating oranges and drinking tea with lemon and honey. I don't feel awful but I feel a little less than robust. Darn it!

But tomorrow's a new day! Let's hope adrenaline will overcome whatever ails me. Onward to Whidbey!

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