Last pre-Melbourne post. It's so hard to believe that this time last year I was getting mentally ready for my first marathon. All the hard work had been done. All I had to do was to actually run the thing.
Twelve months later and I can't say it's been a great 12 months of running. I've had 2 bouts of the flu, sinusitis that lasted for 6 weeks and now I've had this stupid hip injury for 8 weeks - really awful preparation for a half marathon. But in the long run it doesn't really matter. I will finish the half on Sunday. I will have a lovely weekend with my big boy. I will get to watch a great soccer match. I'll get to visit the zoo. I'll get to drink great coffee and have some nice meals that I don't have to cook or clean up after.
I went for my last run this morning and it was a shocker. It was only 6k but it felt really horrible and hard. Don't you love those confidence-building runs just before a race? I'm hoping that it was just my body's way of saving the good stuff till Sunday. One thing's for sure - I'm going to be taking it out really slowly because my body is quite unforgiving if I push it too hard.
So my goals for Sunday are to run around the 5:30 pace, to enjoy the run and to find my son afterwards so we can have a celebratory breakfast at my favourite Melbourne cafe.
This is my beautiful little boy about 23 years ago and him now. I still melt when I see those chubby little cheeks.
Just 2 more days and this young man will be a half-marathoner.