The final countdown

The marathon draws near!!!

I did my last “long” run on Saturday morning — just an eight-miler. I planned to try to run at 8:58-9:00ish pace to emulate the pace I want to hold next weekend, but then… as always… I didn’t.

I really did try to slow down, but kept hitting around 8:30 miles anyway. I guess 8:30 is the new 9:00? Don’t worry, I really will slow down for the marathon and not go out too fast!

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This run ended at about 10:45 a.m., and it was sunny and HOT. I felt completely sapped of energy. I’ll be finishing the marathon at about 11:00 a.m. or a little later, so I have my fingers crossed for some cloud cover. Pleasepleaseplease!

After running, I headed to my hometown to get some good family time in. I spent the day and night at my momma’s house, then spent all of Sunday with my daddio for Father’s Day.

We hit up church, had brunch with my brother, and even had Father’s Day dinner with Aaron’s dad, stepmom, and family — without Aaron! That’s when you know you’re really part of the family. 🙂

I had the biggest, yummiest salad for brunch.

Seafood Cobb with baby shrimp, scallops, salmon, and all the usual Cobb toppings (minus the cheese and dressing). So. Good.

Aaron and I are usually so busy on weekends that I don’t get to spend a ton of quality time with my family, so it was great to be able to catch up with both my mom and dad — and, of course, celebrate my dad’s overall amazingness! — this weekend. I love you both!!!

Tonight, I literally ran an errand to Road Runner Sports. I had three miles to run and RRS is 1.5 miles away, so it was a no-brainer to kill two birds with one run!

I bought a box of chocolate Clif Shots — I was down to three, aka NOT enough for the marathon! — and Body Glide, since I’ve suffered minor sports bra / armpit / inner thigh chafing on some of my long, sweaty runs. I plan to smother myself in sunscreen and BG on Saturday!

All I have left are two easy two-mile runs — one on Wednesday and one on Thursday. Gahhhhhhh!

I’m not as nervous for this marathon as I was for my first, so I’ll take that as a good sign. I think my training was pretty great, but there are always doubts that creep in during the final week.

I just have to trust that I’ve done enough, and get ready to have some fun on Saturday!

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