They give my good old quads, calves, hips and hamstrings time to let me know that while I might have asked a lot of them over the past week, they are there for me and are ready to step up for the next mileage/speed increase I'm about to ask of them. It's nice to know that even though it may seem like a bad idea to run up that giant hill- because let's be honest, your legs are cursing you, your lungs are screaming and your brain just wants to take a nap- your body actually thanks you later for the challenge. It's always a good kind of tired knowing that you abused your body in the right way.
I sat down this afternoon with my revised training plan, and taped the various pieces of paper together. Yes, I am pretty old school so I literally cut up two different plans with scissors and taped them back together, while crossing out and adding parts in order to adjust for the extra weeks I have between now and March 16th. Most marathon training plans are somewhere between 15 and 20 weeks, so I'm lucky that I have some cushion time just in case I need to repeat a week's mileage/get sick/get injured. Fingers crossed none of that actually happens, but it has before so I'm building it into the schedule this time.
Yup. That's one of the mantras I repeat to myself as I run/jog/slog/whatever you want to call it through my Saturday runs. This past Saturday I covered 6.5 miles, my pace was great, and my legs felt awesome at the end. The only thing that almost threw me off were my thoughts about how it would feel to finish the race on marathon day. I thought about how awesome it will be to see Lizbeth at the finish line, and maaaaan, that was enough to make the trail in front of me go blurry for a few minutes. Those happy tears definitely got me through the last 1/2 mile with a little extra speed (even if I couldn't quite see where I was going!).
Liz has several more rounds of chemo to get through, but the new cocktail she's been given seems to be a big step up from the last one. My thoughts are with her every single day, and I can't wait to hear about all the good days she has ahead!
In the meantime, I'm brainstorming all sorts of ideas for fundraisers for Team Hope! Here's a sneak peak at one I'm working on: