I took advantage of the beautiful afternoon (sunny skies, with just a little wind and can you believe a little snow!) to go out for a run. As I was fortunate to not have the kiddos this time, I opted for a tempo run rather than the prescribed speed work (which I can do tomorrow on the treadmill).
I nailed 4 miles in 33:46 for an average pace of 8:26. I felt really strong the entire time and am feeling more confidant for Sunday. However, I am just going to take it all in stride and see where the road takes me. My ultimate goal being to have a good time.
The 'party' should get started early Saturday. We'll depart the high desert for the valley shortly after breakfast. We will go to the Expo first and get the necessary tasks done early. Hopefully we will be able to meet my brother and his family at a park that afternoon for some playtime/visiting. Then it's PF Changs for dinner with Kong and Bar. We'll thereby discuss the particulars for race day; where they will cheer me on, who will accompany Sweetie on her fun run, plans for a brunch afterwards (?), etc.
I've contacted JeffM and Kara and hope that I'll be able to meet them at some point as well. Perhaps at the Expo or race day morning... we'll see what develops.
My heart goes out to all of you who have continually helped pull me up when I got down and struggled this training cycle. Thank you!
OH! And after the marathon this weekend, I'll reach a big milestone... any guesses what it might be? I'll send a little something something to the one who guesses correctly! :D