Well some how I have arrived at Taper town without feeling like I have fully trained or am ready to run a marathon.
Chicago will be my 5th marathon. I’ve gone into some in what I may have thought was under trained, now I look at those training cycles and realize how ready I was for them. This is the first marathon where I actually went and read what the cut off time would be as I think I might really need to know this.
A smarter person may have decided to defer Chicago. A smarter person might have said, “another year.” Here’s the thing though…. I may be crazy, but I am definitely not stupid. I’ve adjusted my training. I’ve adjusted my expectations. I’ve prepared.
I’ve trained for this marathon using the walk/run method. To go the distance right now, this is what I need. Then part of me thinks, well I did run a half marathon in April so why not just run the marathon. But I trained with the walk/run, so I need to use this on race day. I’m pretty sure when they say don’t do anything different on race day this would fall under that category. Just saying. My subconscious is obviously trying to make sure that I know that too because I’m already dreaming about Chicago.
In my last dream, another runner came up to me, got in my face, and yelled at me to run my own race.
I guess that should be the plan.
Everything is falling into place and as long as I don’t fall apart on the course all should be good. I will say that I’m praying for a cool race day. I just can’t seem to tolerate the heat when running anymore. I’m not sure why but it seems to be a common complaint with those with hypoparthyroidism. I think it is my meds as dosage did go up after that race. One of the side effects of Calcitriol is sweating more than usual leading to electrolyte imbalance. I will also say that while I was always a sweater, I am epic sweater now. I do think my dosage is too high which is something I will discuss at upcoming appointment with specialist in NY. Although this close to marathon, I would be reluctant to make any dosage changes.
The other day, I went out for my last long run. Between mile 12 and 13, I fell apart. I didn’t need to look at my pace to see that. I was running in a patch with no shade and I started to overheat. I was sweating so much I look like I’d peed my pants and I was drenched. Luckily I pushed through till I got to a bathroom in the park where I proceeded to fill my empty water bottle up and dump it over me. After about 4 bottles of water down my back, over my neck, and down my shirt I felt much better. So note to self, if hot I will be dumping water at water stations on my head. I’m sure that I will look fabulous in my race pictures too. Ha!
Anyway, I will stick to the plan.
Walking isn’t a crime.
Do what needs done.