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April 14, 2010

D-5 and No Worries

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:00

And not a whole lot of taper madness.

No obsessive weather checking…at all really. I figure the weather is out of my control and with all the stress I have it’s not worth it to worry about whether or not I’ll get “perfect” weather conditions.

No worrying about nagging aches. Sure I had/have enough worries to make a doctor’s trip yesterday worth my while but I don’t have the taper worries.  Everything I’m worried about I’ve been worried about for awhile and I just had my last PT appointment before the race and things are a-go. Yes, there’s still inflammation but I’m at about 98.4%.

No loss of sleep.  In fact, I’ve been actually sleeping.  Of course this means my school work is suffering a bit because I’m using my time to sleep rather than work but hey, I figure I won’t sleep at all the week post-marathon in my attempts to get caught up.

No worrying about my pace on the “runs” I’ve had yesterday and today.  Yup my pace is slow but mentally I feel okay with everything.  After 15 weeks of huge runnings going out for a 3-6 mile run is sooooo refreshing. Running for under an hour?! That just seems so easy to wrap my head around.

No worrying about my ferocious appetite.  It seems that after I eat a meal I’m full but 20 minutes later I need another. I’ve never experienced this level of hunger before, not even during my 100 mile weeks. I think that it must have suppressed my appetite a bit.  But it’s all good now.  Good because I now have an accurate gauge of what my body wants energy wise.  And also good because it lets me know that I’m taking in lots of food to fuel my 26.2 mile endeavor.

No worrying about plans for race day.  Which is odd because I don’t have any. Probably should make some and figure out how I’m going to get there.  That’s pretty important. Plus I ordered my jacket last night.  Holler.

No worries about post-Boston social plans.  My friends are planning a drunken festival for whenever I get back to campus and I’m so all over it.

No worries about post-Boston running plans. Unlike many of you bloggies who are either running Boston or another marathon soon, or even those who have run them in the past and immediately signed up for the next, if you asked me right now if I’ll ever run another one I’d have to say NO.  But I felt like this last year too. I always thought that I was in the majority with my train of thought but reading some blogs lately I think I’m in the minority.  Oh well.

So I’m actually pretty calm.  And like I wrote yesterday, this is normal for me.  Granted I’ve only gone through this once but even with my shorter races it was the same way.  These past few days have been eerily calm in other aspects of my life too.  Now that I say that I’m going to jinx myself hardcore and my life will fall apart. Like tomorrow.

But I think I’m just learning to accept and not let negative shit affect me as much.  Or like in my first “No Worries” bullet point: I’m just letting go of things that I can’t control.

So I’m going to leave you with that. Nothing exciting going on in my world so nothing much to write about.  Hence a boring no-new news post haha. I’m going to try for a short run tomorrow.  According to the plan I have a tempo but I haven’t done speed in so long I think it’s silly to try and “cram” for the race.  I’m allowed up to 10 miles (the range is 7-10) but I think I’ll cap it at 6.

If I’m running slower because of lack of speedwork I have to consider time spent running and a lower mileage is appropriate. It’s totally going to be hard to *not* go far but that’s been the story of this week. And I’ve been successful so far.  Like I mentioned above, it’s mentally relieving to not have a huge day and that I can stop after one of my routes rather than building up longer ones.

And thanks for all your kind words and support in the past few days as Boston inches closer.  Hope everyone is having a good (and zen) day 🙂


  1. Don’t worry you will rock that race!

    Comment by Matt — April 14, 2010 @ 19:20

  2. I am sure you will be ready mentally and physically! You are going to have so much fun and rock Boston!! Just keep pampering your body this week! You are gonna do great girl! We are all behind you and want you to do well!!

    Comment by J — April 14, 2010 @ 20:29

  3. I love how calm you are- and yea for sleep!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 14, 2010 @ 20:33

  4. Yeah, I can’t believe you’re so nonchalant and calm with everything. I guess that just means you’re so ready to rock the course! Awesome!

    Comment by The Laminator — April 14, 2010 @ 20:49

  5. You are going to be awesome!! HOORAY at the calmness! 🙂

    Comment by Kim — April 14, 2010 @ 20:50

  6. YOU ARE ZEN!!! So proud of you. I hope my mental state is as calm for me in November!

    Comment by a marathoner — April 14, 2010 @ 21:17

  7. You are gonna be AMAZING! No worries 😀
    ❤ jess

    Comment by Jess — April 14, 2010 @ 21:26

  8. wow i really like this post and calm side of you… you seem to be happier.. (if its even possible to tell that from reading someones blog haha ) GOOD LUCK!!!

    Comment by Larissa — April 14, 2010 @ 21:52

    • I totally am happier. Thanks for noticing, I wasn’t sure if it came through at all 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 15, 2010 @ 21:26

  9. 98.4% is awesome. Not sure I’ve ever started a marathon feeling that good!

    Comment by Jess — April 14, 2010 @ 21:56

    • Well that percentage is more for my toe. I’m not quite sure where the rest of my body is at 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 15, 2010 @ 21:26

  10. i like your zen attitude and i think it’s really good going into such a big spectacle of a race to focus on what you can do on the day you get and enjoy yourself!

    i am totally having hunger issues this week too…starving all. the. time. commence the carbo load! 🙂

    Comment by HurdlingHam — April 14, 2010 @ 22:29

  11. It sounds like you have a really amazing outlook on things! Good luck with it all x

    Comment by Angel31@keepingslimandgettingstylish — April 15, 2010 @ 04:33

  12. Is this like the Zen state before a samurai duel or something? It’s freakin’ me out a little bit…but in a good way. Your outlook is admirable. Happiness is a choice!

    Comment by sarah — April 15, 2010 @ 06:21

    • Haha, sometimes I feel like Boston is going to be a duel to the death! But amen to happiness = choice 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 15, 2010 @ 21:28

  13. you are passing on your toe problems to me! lOl just kidding. I think the toe nail may be too short and combined with hitting the front of my shoe maybe, that could cause it. it doesnt hurt now, so Ill just see how it goes! Im falling a part over here!

    Comment by J — April 15, 2010 @ 10:18

  14. Glad to hear you’re taking everything in stride. I can’t wait to stalker track you during the race Monday!

    Comment by EarlyRunner — April 15, 2010 @ 12:38

  15. Sounds like you’re totally in the right frame of mind to rock it! Glad your sleep and eating have been good too 🙂 I can’t wait for your race recap!

    Comment by Laura — April 15, 2010 @ 13:39

  16. Well done on this great progress Karyn. You’re in great shape, and will have a great race. The work of the last few months is all in the bank now, and the max amount of rest you can get between now and Monday will see you fresh and strong on the start line. Stick to the plans…

    Comment by Ian — April 15, 2010 @ 15:00

  17. I’m glad you’re not stressing out! You’re definitely right where you want to be right now. As for the “marathon loving” I bet that comes later.. maybe like 24 hours after you’re done. Not that I have any personal experience with this.. but just a guess. I tend to like dread something and be like WHY the heck am I doing this!? And then once I recover and stuff I’m like THAT WAS AWESOME lets do it again! haha. For some reason I’m thinking of rollercoasters as I write this.. definitely not comparable.. but go with it : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 15, 2010 @ 16:25

    • Heh, it totally took me months to wrap my head around another one! And I can’t wait to see you on the course, youll be cheering right 😉 ?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — April 15, 2010 @ 21:29

  18. Oh man, you have the perfect attitude right now. I’m SO PUMPED for you to rock it out! Your legs are going to hit the course and just GO. You have trained perfectly, and now you are tapering well. Rocking it out = a given.
    Andd, we need a meet up! I’m going out there with my friend and thus on her schedule, but perhaps we can arrange something in Hopkinton pre-race?? I’m in wave 1 (tail end, ha) but if its anything like last year, there is always time to kill pre-race!

    Comment by tmart — April 15, 2010 @ 21:18

  19. HAppy to see that the worries have been washed out of you. I hope you stay that way, dear!
    And yeah, don’t get worrying about the weather…it’s out of our hands, so why stress out worrying? Also, the extra sleep will HELP your schoolwork in the long run! Better productivity! 🙂

    Comment by sophia — April 15, 2010 @ 22:08

  20. ferocious appetite – check. No plan – check. Took a 2 hour nap today – check.
    Ok, girl … it’s time to shine!!! I am so happy you’re so relaxed, that’s a good thing, it is! You’re going to do so awesome, you’ve got it under control and it’s all going to come together perfectly!!!!
    Woooohoooo, let’s get this thing going!! Good Luck, hope we can meet up somewhere (I’m going to send you my phone # via email :)).
    BIG HUGS!!!!

    Comment by Jill — April 16, 2010 @ 00:10

  21. love the inner peace! i can’t wait to read how the race goes — we’re all rooting for you!! ❤

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — April 16, 2010 @ 06:21

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