Hello April ! As always, I am happy to catch up with Deborah, Coco and Lynda and the rest of you for this month’s virtual coffee date. So grab a chair and let’s catch up ! (and you are forewarned….we will be chatting a lot about running !)
If we were having coffee, we would talk about the marathon, which is tomorrow ! So here are my final thoughts, less than 24 hours before hitting the starting line.
Weather. I really shouldn’t complain. I know. Everyone knows how much I hate the rain. Well tomorrow it is going to be around 65. That is darn hot. Considering I trained all winter in long pants, I still have not decided whether I should wear shorts or not. I am so worried about chafing. These wardrobe decisions will plague me until tomorrow I am sure.
I am 95% sure I will chose thin capris :
In addition to my running outfit, everything else is prepared. My husband will be meeting me several times along the way, so he will bring the baggies of fuel so I don’t have to carry everything.
Over coffee I would tell you how wonderful my husband and girls have been about this whole adventure…even if my significant other has put some pressure on me with regards to my time. He is definitely more worried about my finishing time than I am. LOL.
Over coffee I would tell you I have not yet OD’d on sweet potato and pasta, my staples for the past 4 days !
Over coffee I would admit I went back to the Running Expo today. I have gotten to know a French woman through Instagram who is my age, we have the same kind of cat, and we were both preparing our first marathon. So we have been following each other’s training and talking through social media. She lives in the south of France so came up to Paris today, with a friend who is also running the marathon. We met at the expo, spent the afternoon together and had so much fun. I of course had to go back and buy things I should have gotten Thursday. Run Jennifer Run made me do it !
If we were having coffee, I would tell you although I am starting to get quite nervous, I am also feeling pretty confident. I went back and read Sue’s race recap from 2015 and several other marathon posts I did last year at this time. Yeah, #Igotthis.
Over coffee, I would tell you how much support I have received.
THANK YOU to all my readers for the positivity, encouragement, well wishes, good vibes, advice, thoughts and comments. I am amazed at the support I have received through my blog and Instagram, from so many people I have never met in person. I had co workers call and write, I had friends on Facebook comment, my family in Africa called and of course my family in the US sent encouragement ! Even my podiatrist called. Seriously, the support has been amazing and I guarantee I will think of all of you tomorrow.
Good luck to everyone running a race tomorrow, and hope the Americans running the Cherry Blossom 10 miler will have decent weather !
Are you racing ? What would you like to chat about over coffee ?