Monday, September 22, 2008

This Is The Story of a Girl...

Once upon a time, in a far away land, where they live in igloos and penguins roam free, there was a silly, niave highschool student that got a brochure in the mail from Team In Training. At that moment she decided that she was going to run a marathon. She excitedly went to tell her parents that she was going to run a marathon and was greeted with immediate laughter and snide remarks somewhere along the lines of, "Ha, no you won't."

But this girl soldiered on.

Fast Forward a year and a half.

This girl has been training. We're talking hardcore training for the past four months. She changed her eating habits to something, although not perfect, much better than they were before. She changed her sleeping schedule. She gave up most of her social life to train for this race. She ran long hours by herself on Sunday mornings. She found that her sanity stayed in tact as long as she got her runs in.

As the months crept past, this girl felt herself getting stronger and stronger. More and more ready to tackle this journey that most will never attempt in their lifetimes. Sure, she had some bad runs like everyone else, but she got through them. Sure, there were times when she asked herself what the hell she was doing, asking herself why she was doing this. She pushed those negative attitudes aside (with the help of the wonderful people she's met at her knew job who's positive attitudes are absolutely contagious). She kept trucking on.

Fast Forward to Now

This girl has so much exess energy she scares the people around her. Her excitement and Obsession have become too much for most normal people to handle. This girl has lists. Lists with little boxes to check off as things have been done. She's including water drinking and playlist making on the list.

This girl is so ridiculous that she has picked out her clothes for the upcoming week, and created outfits that lay on her kitchen table. We're talking complete outfits with undergarnments and socks. The things that she is laying out for her race are slowly congregating on said table as well.

Her post race bag is almost packed and just waiting for the pants she bought for post race which are being hemmed. Said pants will be ready Wednesday. She has packed the bag she has to take to work on Saturday which includes clothes for work, clothes for the Blogger meet up and clothes for her work party.

She has a list of things that she needs to buy this week. All of these lists are on brightly colored cardstock paper, and she carries around a retractable sharpie pen so that if need be she can check things of this list.

Said girl just realized how far 42.2km actually is. She is trying her best not to let that thought get in the way of her positive thoughts. Positive thoughts that will be plastered all over her arms, and race bib on race day.

This girl will post pictures once she gets home, so that you can see the extent of this taper madness.

5 sleeps and counting. (I say 5 sleeps not because I can't count, but because I am pretty much positive that I will not be sleeping on the 6th night!!!

Hope you're all excited for your upcoming races!:)

Tigrrr

13 Comments:

At 12:26 PM , Blogger Wes said...

Doing a little pre-race (OCD) nesting :-)

 
At 1:04 PM , Blogger Cliff said...

Fun stuff :)...make sure u get lots of rest on Fri....

 
At 1:19 PM , Blogger Marlene said...

That's a great story!

I thought I was organized...til I heard how organized you are. :)

 
At 1:19 PM , Blogger Marlene said...

PS - Looking forward to meeting you Saturday!!! :) :) :)

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger Danica said...

Good luck, you will do great, and you crack me up! I am a listaholic too. :)

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger Dando said...

Great post! Good luck on your run!

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger Danica said...

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At 4:59 PM , Blogger yumke said...

Sounds like taper madness... i've got it too

 
At 6:17 AM , Blogger Vickie said...

Very exciting! A journey that has changed your life.

 
At 1:43 PM , Blogger Jess said...

It'll be here soon!

 
At 2:15 PM , Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

It's a comin'!!!!

And it sounds like you're just as "type A" as the rest of us!!...

;)

 
At 11:14 PM , Blogger IronGambit said...

I love your banner pic! Stanley Park!!!

 
At 4:32 PM , Blogger yumke said...

I'm sure you'll run many marathons, but you'll love the first for so many reasons that you've just outlined..

and no, i won't be able to sleep much on saturday night. friday's going to be the sleep day

 

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