In a few short hours I will be:
1) Flying home to Hawaii
2) Seeing my parents
3) Eating a huge lunch of yummy Hawaiian food
4) Going to a marathon race expo
5) Helping my mom decorate my childhood home for Christmas
Sounds like the perfect day, yes?
So this Sunday I've got a little something called the Honolulu Marathon planned. I was so focused on CIM it didn't really hit me until two days ago. Then I got all panicked because I don't really think my legs want to run 26.2 more miles. Also, last time I checked the weather it was going to be a low of 70, high of 81. That is also known as "World's Most Miserable Marathon Weather" for me. Ugh.
I've got a couple of goals going into this race which I'd like to elaborate on here:
1) DO NOT GET INJURED -- I have the Walt Disney races coming up which mean far more to me than completing back to back marathons. The Disney races are more important than finishing Honolulu with any "runner" dignity. I will turn this into a 26.2 mile walk-fest if I must.
2) Have lots of fun!
3) Take a lot of pictures
Hmm... Talk about a complete 180 from CIM (in both goals and weather)!
I tried to go on a 2 mile recovery run yesterday. I got 0.3 miles before I had to stop. My left hamstring was super tight, started to burn, and then a shooting, radiating pain traveled up my inner leg to my groin. Not pleasant. It was not the kind of pain you can keep running through. I've got 48 more hours of rest and stretching planned and I hope I can get to the point I can run a little. I do not have the muscles to walk for 26.2 miles and that would be a very unpleasant way to spend my Sunday. I don't mind dealing with fatigue of the legs, but not being able to run at all would really put a damper on this race. I feel better this morning than I did yesterday but will keep monitoring it and would be willing to pull a DNS if necessary.
Packing procrastinator that I am, I don't think there will be a Monday Mario next week (or any more updates 'til I return). But I'll hopefully be back with a Wednesday Wabbit!
Thank you, everyone, for you nice words about CIM! I am still a bit in shock and awe about how that day turned out.