In some ways it’s been a long 20 weeks, yet it also seems to have flown by. My journey to my first 26.2 is coming to a close and the only thing left to do is weather stalk, rest, hydrate and daydream about that finish line. I shared with you all last week all of my worries and concerns, so I thought it only fitting that this week I share with you the things I am most looking forward to with this, my first and most likely my only, marathon.
1. The Bling
No, I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to torture myself with months of training, sore muscles, black toenails and a few episodes of dreadful butt chafing just to get a medal. Heck, these days one can get some serious bling just for walking a 5k. Nah, the medal is definitely not my ‘why?’ …but I’m no doubt looking forward to having this well-earned chunk of metal hanging around my neck
…….and I’ll wear it with as much pride as Sean Kingston wears his ‘box of crayons’ chain!
2. Margaritas and Tacos
If you recall, Major Hubs and I decided at the beginning of the year to get really serious about cleaning up our diet. We both wanted to drop a few pounds before race day …well, so we’d have a few less pounds to haul around for 26.2 miles. In this effort to clean up the diet, one of the things we cut our was our weekly visit to our favorite Mexican restaurant. We also decided that we’d also celebrate our marathon finish at said Mexican restaurant. I don’t know that I’ve ever gone 23 days without tacos and margaritas ….it’s not pretty folks. The thought of those warm salted tortilla chip dripping with delicious cheese dip will carry me 26 miles! I’m actually looking forward to the brain freeze I always get from sipping my margarita just a tad too fast ….hmmm, if this is an addiction, I don’t want rehab.
3. Getting a Massage
Since I never treat myself to massages, yet I whine like a baby after every long run about how sore my muscles are ….Major Hubs bought a gift certificate for a post-marathon massage. Yes! He’s pretty much the best hubby in the world …and I’m sure he’s tired of me begging him to rub my nasty feet each week.
4. Filling up this wine glass
Sure, I can drink wine anytime in any glass. But this one, this one is special! Major Hubs gifted this one for my birthday and I’ve been saving it for my first post-marathon glass of wine ….and I will fill it all the way to the 26.2 line! That should numb any residual pain from the 26.2 miles …..
5. Just Finishing!
Smart ass, right? But seriously, who doesn’t look forward to crossing the finish line of a marathon ..heck, any race for that matter. Finishing brings an end to the pain and exhaustion. But crossing that finish line brings a great feeling of accomplishment and pride for all the hard work put in to months of training as well. And yeah, who am I kidding ….with a marathon, comes some bragging rights and the irresistible urge to find a way to work it in to every conversation for the next few months!
So there they are ….just a few of the many things I’ll be thinking of to get me through 26.2 miles of hills and quite possibly, rain.
Of course, the fabulous upbeat, 70’s funk, head-banging music suggestions from some of my ‘gal pals’ will help pass the miles as well. The icing on the cake will be knowing that my #1 fan and love of my life will be waiting for me at the finish line to greet me with a kiss and a ‘hey good looking, you did it!’, just like he’s done for almost every race I’ve ever run! No matter what happens, I’m a blessed woman.
Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one race at a time!