Another quick update - those of you who checked in Friday - will know that Sat was my last long run -18 miles. I was very excited about it- knowing it was the last massive effort before the big day. I added to my running play list, bag packed with goodies- sweeties gels and Malt loaf. I can report the malt loaf was a great success - had two pre- slices at half way point - yummy.
I was so excited about this run - last long one and all - can't quite believe i have come this far. I was fair bouncing along - far too fast and had to keep slowing down. i also didn't realise I and put together the playlist of my life and was re-visiting old haunts. Uni days, boyfriends, sad/happy time, old marriage my kids etc. At one point in the run I realised I had tears streaming down my face (Stevie wonders - isn't she lovely - my babies!). So I had to stop and just let those feelings pass- not sad - just lifes stepping stones along the way.
During my runs I have done a lot of processing of old anxieties and worries - and I do believe I may have exorcised those demons.--It certainly feels like it. Onward cheered myself up with the stones and salsa. It was a gorgeous day and I was in a mainly happy place. Tested all the gels and what not- all good. My only problem was at 15 miles - I was just bored - I and run out of route and could not face another monotonous lap. So I chucked the towel in with plenty of energy in my legs. No aches and pains to speak off - and felt good enough. I have been reassured by many experienced runners - this will be enough for the London Marathon. But I will chuck in a HM on Friday for good measure.
So 18 days to go - my race number has come through - 35 000ish out of 55 000- blimey- an awe inspiring figure. I am much less anxious now and much of the twitter has reduced in my head. I now know where the start line is, there are plenty of loo's and hooray hooray 98.5 % of people who start- finish on the day. I am sure i will be one of them :-).
So what now- need to add to playlist - Lou reed's - Perfect day, Pulp fiction soundtrack and Talk dirty to me....just the mood I am in....
I feel so ALIVE...
Happy running folks