I am currently trying to focus even more on the psychological aspect of running since my marathon is only a week away. (HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?!?) I finally bit the bullet and bought painfully overpriced pictures of myself at the San Antonio half marathon I completed in November. It was such an incredible experience and I don’t think I could have felt any better had I conquered Mt. Everest itself. I’m hoping the memories of that day and the euphoria I felt all week will give me some positive energy as I enter into my last week of training.
While excitedly swapping stories with another runner about our experiences running the half marathon in San Antonio, I was shocked to find out that I was oblivious to a lot of what most people would consider to be “you can’t miss it” attractions. To illustrate, I never knew I ran right in front of the Alamo. I’ve been to the Alamo a couple of times and am familiar with the Riverwalk area, but I was on such a goofy high the whole time, often running with a crazy grin on my face, that it was like I was on another planet. How do you miss the Alamo?? Or the alleged giant arch of pink balloons that every runner ran under? I did see video of me running right in front of the Alamo, so I can’t argue that I must have been on the detour route.
Anyway, I hope that I am not in too much misery to enjoy the marathon. I’m sure the first 15 miles will be bearable, but that’s about the point when my hip flexors, piriformis muscle (I finally figured out the cause of my butt pain!!), iliotibial band (another kink in the system that I’m learning about) and hamstrings all join forces and start to rage against the machine.
So since I am on my positive thinking campaign, I will leave you with a thought of encouragement: