Today is the first day of the summer semester, so campus is delightfully dead. Yesterday when Ryan and I went to school for a bit, we were the only ones in the business building, so Ryan took that opportunity to take a rolly bench for a spin across the room.
I’m fortunate that my summer semester is light and flexible right now, so I have plenty of time to relax, sleep, hydrate, eat bread, check the weather, and stretch before I leave on Thursday for the marathon. I am trying to keep my nerves under control, but I keep having these weird teeny panic attacks whenever anyone asks me what I’m doing this weekend.
I’m trying to distract myself with mindless things like Season 8 of DH (the final season!) and laundry (haven’t done that one yet), but what REALLY helped me feel better was an afternoon coffee date with Erin and Stacy, two good running friends who are going up to Bayshore with me. They aren’t running the marathon because they’re battling injuries, but they are awesome friends for spending the weekend exploring Traverse City with me and cheering at the race. We sipped on iced coffee and chatted about running, injuries, running goals, and just life in general. It was just what I needed to make peace with just doing my best on Saturday and being happy with however it goes.
Here’s my taper plan for this week:
Tues: 4-5 miles with speed bursts
Wed: easy 3 miles
Thurs: easy 3 miles
Rank these potato chips from favorite to least favorite: regular, barbecue, sour cream & onion, salt & vinegar
Rank these race distances from favorite to least favorite: mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon