I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has spent the time to share all their amazing advice. The biggest theme running through most of the comments is to stay positive, have faith in my training and to enjoy the experience. I'll do my best to do all of those.
We're getting closer and closer to the big day and I'm surprising myself. I thought I would be a nervous wreck this close to M day but I'm not! I'm relaxed and calm and (I know this smacks of mild insanity) I'm sort-of looking forward to it. I can't believe I just said that.
When I signed up for the race I had to force myself not to think too much about it because it would give me nervous nausea. For weeks after I signed up there was hardly a day go by that I wouldn't think of down-grading to the half or pulling out altogether. I had to mentally slap myself around the head and tell myself not to overthink it and to just take it one run at a time. Self-doubt can be a b@*#h!
The other thing I'm surprised about is that I'm quite enjoying the taper. It's school holidays here at the moment and tapering has given me the chance to sleep in for 3 days in a row! Unheard of!! I'm not wishing I was getting up early to pound the pavement. I'm enjoying the enforced laziness.
So I'm down to only three runs to go. An easy 12k on Saturday, a modified speed session on Tuesday and a light recovery run on Wednesday. Then Melbourne here I come!