9.15.2016

3 sleeps until the Maui Marathon


What a crazy time it has been. My training is completely unconventional and I seem to have caught a bit of a cold bug BUT taking today off of work and resting, resting, resting seems to be helping big time. I didn't sleep much but I did stay lazy on the lounger per darling daughter's instructions and binged on NCIS. And I think she will approve of my warm Epsom Salt soak in the tub doing my personal development reading for the day. I strive for 10 minutes a day and today I did a whole whopping 30 minutes....pretty much until the water got too "cold" for me.

AND...the weather here as been BEYOND crazy. I am talking thunderstorms, lightning (yes, those are weird on Maui...well, at least until the past year or so and then it has just been weird), flash flood warnings left and right (never knew my phone gave alerts like it does!), a tornado, landslides, road closures, etc etc etc. All I can say is thank goodness I am not the race director of this race as I would be a basket case. There is road work along one segment of the course and a landslide (or two) on another. Cars stuck in water. Stress. Stress. Stress. But he may be more of a chilly type of guy than I am. I hope so. I don't want him overly stressed pre-event.

The good is I hear the weather should be done with its craziness tomorrow, which is good. Darling daughter has the Front Street Mile Saturday, dear hubby and I have packet pick up, and the Maui Marathon is Sunday. Woo-hoo!!!

This is definitely going to be a just enjoy the experience race. Go with flow race. Be happy race. At least, that is my plan because I do have lots of variables coming into play. Obviously the weather and its impact on the course. The new start and finish lines that kinda mess with my race course mindset. That is the downside of running a race for the 4th time (if I am remembering right). You get used to the course and minor switch up's can mess with you but then, they are really minor and I may like them. Female mother nature may also NOT be on my side. I am hoping for the best because I tend to have 10-12 hours of pure torture each month where I can't wander to far from a ladies' room. Those hours on the cruise ship were torture! My poor daughter had to be dragged away from fun so many times for me to tend to nature but all was okay. I just don't want to be hitting the porta potties every hour along the course but good thing I am not striving to PR. And honestly, it is all out of my control. But I do have to ask, why do marathons and female mother nature like to try to collide so many times for me?!

On the bright side, I am itching to run. I have been sticking to just a mile days all week and my cross training has been yoga and one 10 minute ab session yesterday. I was really trying to rest up as much as possible to combat the urge I had to run 20 miles since I decided to go for it and race two weeks ago. That would have been a bad idea.

I have faith I am trained well. I have been working out hard and am in the best shape ever. Really, I am. I have much more upper, lower, and core body strength since like forever and I can't wait to see how that helps on the race course. Plus, if I decide I can use this as a training run and add back in all my cross training PLUS long runs and run the Maui Oceanfront Maui come January.

Maui Marathon, see you in 3 sleeps!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for growing self esteem and confidence.

Daily Bible Verse: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. ~ Psalm 56:3

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