Wednesday, January 27, 2016

30 Days Until Phoenix!

There are 30 days until my next full marathon. I may or may not be freaking out a little. But only a little.

As it does with every major race and milestone, I’m at the point where every other day, I feel ready. And every other day is filled with a lot of self-doubt.

Have I done all the work I really should have? No.

But am I conditioned and in shape to make it work? Sure.

Can I try and squeeze in one more really good long run in? Probably.

Will I? Who knows.

{Photo credit: Phoenix Marathon}
I’ve got Surf City next weekend (February 7). Am gunning for a shiny new PR to kick off 2016 with a bang! The Saturday (February 13) following, I am pacing the 2:15 team at the Mermaid San Diego Half. If I have any opportunity to squeeze in more miles, it’s then, but then again, that’s two weeks out so would I be pushing it too closely?

The mental madness of not even pre-taper is cruel. 

I felt more prepared for LA last year than I do right now, though I think I am overall in better shape right now than I was even last spring. I'm much better mentally than I was last spring, as LA training just distracted me from job searching. 

I've made a commitment these next two weeks going into Surf City (again, PR at stake) to eat a little cleaner, no soda, no alcohol, and just be a little more cautious about what I am stuffing in my mouth. If I can hang with this for two weeks, I hope to be able to continue such a plan leading into Phoenix. It's not about losing weight (though that's certainly an added bonus), but so much about just feeling better about myself and feeling as best as I can. Time will only tell!

I'm anxious. I'm excited. I know tons of folks that are going to be there (#itsgoingdownatphx is happening once again, people, and I'm ridiculously excited about it), which always make for a fun race day and calms my nerves. 

30 days to go, friends. 30 days to make more of it count. Let's go.


  1. You're making me feel like a slacker! I just signed up for my first race of the year and it isn't until April...then again, you don't have 3 feet of snow where you are ;) I'm all too familiar with that "I'm so ready" versus "I'm so not" mentality before a marathon, but you've got plenty of time to get yourself feeling 100% ready!

    1. Not having snow is certainly a plus. ;) I don't know you do it!

      I do have time. And I need to remember that. There's still plenty of time to nail some runs and get a little confidence boost, even if they're not all long distance! :) Thanks love!

  2. Good luck with the pacing, taper, and race. It sounds like you have a good plan which is half the battle because a lot of people just train and don't think about the little things like food, recovery, taper, etc. Plus having friends at your race will be a big boost!

    1. I totally have a plan, if nothing else! Having friends and the guy at the finish line will be a BIG boost and I already cannot wait for that part. :) Thanks - hoping to have really awesome news after this race!