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April 13, 2010

Cleared To Go

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:30

Yes you read that right.  And some of you may be scratching your heads. At least when it comes to the real reason behind the title of this post.

I had a doctor’s appointment today to make sure it was 100% okay for me to be running 26.2 miles on Monday.  With all the stress going on in my life, physical and emotional, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ready to run.  I know that part of that is the taper talking: who hasn’t had doubts with 6 days to go?

But because I’m a paranoid freak I made a doctor’s appointment to check out:

  • Shins duh they’ve been bugging me on and off for awhile.  Pain free now with one PT session to go before the race and I’ve got one scheduled for post-race in case anything major happens
  • Toe Because the infection was so serious.  Good news though: the infection is 100% gone and now all that’s left is ugly damaged tissue. It looks hideous and scary but there’s nothing wrong with it.
  • Electrolytes and other lab work I’m on some serious antibiotics right now that are really dehydrating.  I’m obviously upping my water intake but I was worried that things would be out of whack.  Not the case though

I was having serious anxiety over all these things.  I probably didn’t *need* to go but my brain wouldn’t rest until I had the proof (I am a scientist after all) and hard data to tell me that it’s okay. I still haven’t even ordered the jacket yet or made plans for the weekend because I didn’t want to jinx myself. But guess what I’m doing tonight?! Haha (By the way I still have no idea on sizing and fit.  Or whether I should get a man or woman one. Help?)

And just to fend off some worries you might have: this appointment was 100% voluntary and to silence my own doubts. There wasn’t any event that caused me to rush into the office.  Just my own brain and confidence (or lack thereof). I even had a dream that I had to pull out of the race on Sunday night.  That was how high my anxiety level was.  I started to cry because I was wound so tight when I got the go ahead.

But enough about that.  My mind can now rest (somewhat) easy the next few days that I can handle the 26.2 miles.  Or at least when I have doubts I can battle them with concrete facts.

Like on my run today which was on the slow side.  It wasn’t very long (just a few miles to blow off some steam) but my legs weren’t feeling very springy.  I highly suspect that my 100% voluntary rest day (as opposed to rest days that I’ve taken off for injury or my toe which are really the only rest days I take) is to blame.  I firmly believe in Newton’s First Law: A body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest.  Okay, I may take things to the extreme with all running all the time but I’m a huge proponent in moving EVERY DAY.  So to do nothing yesterday (while I’m sure my legs overall are happy and are storing those carbs) really made today really hard.  Even getting out of bed to go to class.  But, like I said, my legs need to soak up energy and training to race is different than moving to live day-to-day.  So I’m not too upset about the lack of  pep in my step today. When I think back to my last taper I don’t remember my legs feeling very springy either and that’s comforting.

Also comforting is that recognizing that my lack of nerves or excitement over the race is normal for me too.  I honestly do not have those butterflies that others get in the days before a race.  One of my good friends reminded my the other day that this is how I was during the days leading up to my debut marathon last spring.  But once I got to the race and could feed off the crowd things changed.  So I’m anticipating more of the same.  Especially since I’m not going to be on my own this year.

Yes so many people are running Boston that I’m sure I’ll be even more amped that usual on race day.  Lots of people from the marathon daily forum at RWOL as well as a bunch of bloggers.  Plus a bunch of my friends are skipping their morning classes to come see me. One of them even downloaded the spectator’s guide for the marathon to set herself up in prime seeing spots.  And my PT place is having a banner at Heartbreak Hill AND my doc (the one I saw today) will be there as well (on her own not with the office or anything).  I also think some of my family is coming, my sister is even skipping an exam!

And I know that I’ll have you guys rooting for me (or at least I hope so haha).  Gosh I’m getting all sentimental here 😉

Okay I know this is getting lengthy — per usual BUT I was tagged from MarathonMummy with

So the point is to say 7 things about yourself and then tag a bunch of people. But I’ve done these posts so much in the past that I think I’m running out of new things to say to you! So here are the links to things similar to this that I’ve done in the past and I tag anyone who wants to do this because over the course of these things I’ve likely tagged all y’all

Kreativ Blogger Award from 3-October 2009

Beautiful Blogger Award from 13 – January 2010

Gorgeous Blogger Award AND Creative Writer Award from 28-February2010

Oh and before I forget: thanks for the suggestions re: Open Office. I did download when I got my computer back per suggestion of the Geek Squad but I HATE the way it looks and feels. Maybe I’m just not used to it yet? I have the feeling that I’m going to end up spending the $$ to get Office.  Because I’m a name-brand brat like that 😛

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday.  It’s LOST tonight.  And it’s starring Hurley.  I’ve been so impressed with the past 4 weeks of episodes that I really didn’ t have any doubts that tonight would be a good one but it’s also Hurley.  So I’m anticipating fantastico stuff! 🙂


  1. I think it’s great you want for the little checkup- so important to be proactive! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 13, 2010 @ 18:51

  2. Glad you went to the docs to get checked out I think that was really sensible to know you’re ok and set your mind at ease!

    I totally understand the dislike of open office, even though I recomended it.. It annoyed me all the time I used it but I couldn’t get microsoft office so I got stuck with it! It’s ok but given the choice I’d definately take microsoft 🙂

    Comment by Laura — April 13, 2010 @ 18:52

  3. *claps* OMG OMG OMG BOSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I…am seriously considering making all 5 of my classes watch the marathon with me on Monday. Hehe. How can we work this in to a Biology curriculum, near SOL time???

    And I TOTALLY would have gone to the Dr’s too. Better safe than sorry, and it’s one less thing to stress about!

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by pinkcowgirl — April 13, 2010 @ 18:52

  4. I’m so glad to read that everything for this coming weekend is “good to go.” And yes, I’m getting excited about things, too!! Now try to enjoy the rest of your taper–LOL.

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — April 13, 2010 @ 19:18

  5. Making a doctors appointment to quiet the mind- that’s typical (I would have done the same.) Better safe than sorry. Seems like you have some great support going into the race, your sister is skipping her exam, that’s insane. None the less, your gonna rock Boston! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Comment by run4may — April 13, 2010 @ 19:18

  6. LOST tonight 🙂

    Glad everything checked out with the doc. I am sure it didn’t 100% quiet your nerves, but I am sure it helped right?

    Comment by Matt — April 13, 2010 @ 19:38

  7. Glad you got checked out so that you feel ready to go mentally as well as physically! I am sure that once you get to the race the excitement and maybe butterflies will hit! I agree on the staying in motion thing…sometimes just getting out for a walk or something helps make sure the body keeps staying in the same pattern and schedule!

    Comment by J — April 13, 2010 @ 20:27

  8. I honestly think you are so ready for this. They all say that it matters more what you do in the months going up to the race than the days. I think your body is going to pleasantly surprise you. AND seriously if you need someone to run with you by BC/provide extra motivation I am SO your girl : ) haha.

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 13, 2010 @ 20:56

    • Girl I better hear you shouting for me 🙂 I think I’ll be wearing a bright pink top and my hair in french braids. So look for me haha!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 14, 2010 @ 19:24

  9. I bet just that knowledge will make you run stronger and faster. I hope you go into this race incredibly proud of the work you’ve put into it. Especially when rotten luck did its best to keep you from toeing (so to speak) the line. Watch out for falling pianos, tho, k?

    Comment by sarah — April 13, 2010 @ 21:14

  10. I’m glad to hear that you went to the doc and got everything checked out and even happier to hear you are all systems go for the race. I do think there’s something to feeling a little slower the day after a rest day, but you can do a few easy miles the day before the race to loosen up. You are so ready for this. No one knows what will happen on race day because there are a million things that are completely out of your control, but YOU are ready to rock n roll.

    Comment by Chelsea — April 14, 2010 @ 08:55

  11. Good luck!! You going to the RW FE Saturday night? If so, I’ll see you there!

    Comment by Flo — April 14, 2010 @ 09:20

    • I think so! I have to check on the deets, youre talking about the one that TBM put together, right? I’m excited to finally meet many of the people I interact with on a semi-daily basis 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 14, 2010 @ 19:25

      • TBM? I’m talking about the one from the Boston Marathon forum peeps on RW at Beerworks. Promises to be an excellent fete, can’t wait to finally meet all my imaginary friends!

        Comment by Flo — April 14, 2010 @ 19:30

      • Oh bummer. I’m talking about the one from the Marathon Dailies crew that was organized by “The Bearded Man”. I don’t know anyone from the Boston Marathon forum, except you I suppose. Hopefully I get to meet you and at least say hi at some point over the weekend!

        Comment by marathonmaiden — April 14, 2010 @ 19:38

      • I don’t know that crew either but the Women’s BQ thread and the sub 3:20 thread will be there, along with various MRT people. Pooh, well, I hope we see each other, too!

        Comment by Flo — April 14, 2010 @ 19:40

  12. I’ve never regretted going to the doctor, even if it’s just to ease worries 🙂 Glad you got checked out and have the green light to run!!! I can’t believe it’s on Monday!!! 🙂

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 14, 2010 @ 09:44

  13. Alright, so you’re ready????? I knew it would all come together for you in the end. You’ve worked your butt off for this race, so now is the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Seriously, soak up the experience and run the best of your ability. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to track anyone Monday, as I’ll be at school, but I will be there in spirit, okay? Go get ’em, girl!

    Comment by Rebecca — April 14, 2010 @ 11:18

    • Gosh I just love reading your comments. They are so reassuring 🙂 Bummer you can’t track me on Monday, I’m so narcissistic that it’s going to bug me hahahah. KIDDING 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 14, 2010 @ 19:26

  14. whoooooohooooooooo

    Comment by Tricia — April 14, 2010 @ 11:31

  15. sounds like a smart decision to get cleared officially!!! take care of yourself and get some rest!!!!! ready to rock and roll soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am thinking i will probably wait at the chestnut st/comm ave intersection to watch the race!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s either that or go straight to the finish area… we’ll have to figure out what you are planning and then i’ll make plans accordingly 🙂 i haven’t checked the weather! have you? 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — April 14, 2010 @ 14:13

  16. WAAAAAHOOOOO!!! I am SOOOO EXCITED and SOOOO HAPPY that you are CLEARED and ready to TEAR UP those 26.2 miles of FUN!!!
    I will DEFINITELY be CHEERING for you! no matter what happens or how that shin acts I am so PROUD of my east-coast run-sis!!! REST/ICE/ROLL!!! I heart you chica!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — April 14, 2010 @ 16:19

  17. Very wise to get the doctor ok before the race. Although, we both know that if the doctor said no, you’d still be rolling thru 26.2 on Monday. 🙂 I’m so psyched to follow you on Monday. Please email tracking info for splits, etc. I’m so proud of you and will be praying for all the good for you!!!

    Comment by a marathoner — April 14, 2010 @ 21:21

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