Your enthusiastic and supportive comments have put me in seventh heaven this week. I sincerely thank you, and I only wish you could all be in Nashville when I stumble across the finish line next Saturday.
Next Saturday! Gulp!
The extent of my physical activity yesterday was vacuuming and damp-mopping the floors. Oh, and 60 pliés. [I'm so glad that gives you a chuckle, PQ. And now we want a progress report!]
I spent most of the afternoon and part of the evening at the hospital [about seven hours, total]. Our friend remains critically ill; we didn't expect him to live through the night, but he's just not ready to go yet.
My long run today is the last one before the race. I think most training schedules begin the taper two weeks before race day, but I've followed this plan since mid-January and am more than pleased with my progress. In fact, I'm stunned that I've been able to accomplish what I have so far. So I'm sticking with it and will be running 12 miles today.
I'm going to park halfway along the four-mile-long road I've been using for long runs and double back on one end, rather than extending it up the road I went on last weekend. You know, the one with the, ahem, 'gentle' hills? I want flat, familiar territory this morning. Also? I can put a couple water bottles out by my car and grab them as I go past, rather than lug them with me. Today is a shorts-and-t-shirt day, and my shorts pocket is only large enough for a key and a stopwatch.
I've been running without music for a couple of weeks now and am surprised every time at how much I enjoy it. I never thought I'd be able to run faster without it than with it, but there you go.
It's been hard for me to write this week, with everything else going on. I appreciate it so much that you're still reading, despite the utter boredom of my drivel. I know it sounds like a junior-high diary: Went to school, ate lunch, walked home with my friends and then talked on the phone all night. Homework sucks. I wonder if you-know-who likes me?
Anyway, I'll get back in the swing of things once life settles down again.
One week until race day!