I got an e-mail from the folks at Elite Racing the other day, reminding me that the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon is just five weeks following the Country Music Half-Marathon. In, um, San Diego, which is a long, long way from the Middle of Nowhere. Those sweet folks told me that I was already in great shape, and promised that a five-week training schedule would be included in our goodie bags in Nashville. From the website:
Snort! Jumping from a half to a full marathon in five weeks? Not in my lifetime. Heh. But Josie is training for it, and I love her attitude. She says, "I'm really looking forward to just enjoying the runs rather than stressing out about how long/hilly/warm they'll be now that my whole attitude toward the marathon has changed (don't stress … just have fun)."
I need some of that attitude. Much of my stress has to do with what's been going on here this week, but I'm also worried about hurting myself on these last few runs. My right leg, which I felt I had strained on Saturday, is fine but now the outside of my left knee hurts. I hope it's just all in my head. I've been trading painful knees off and on the last couple months, but they usually quit hurting after a day or two.
This week I was supposed to rest yesterday and today – the first two consecutive scheduled rest days since late January – but the funeral is tomorrow, so I'll do tomorrow's short run today.
I'm leaving for Nashville Thursday morning, as planned. Because of the way things have gone this week, Mr. Shrinking Knitter won't be able to come with me. Disappointing, but it can't be helped.
Thank you all for your kind comments and e-mails. I really appreciate all of you.
Five days until race day.