Random Thoughts: Pre-Marathon Edition

This Saturday I’ll be running my second marathon in beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan. There are lots of thoughts flowing through my little pea-brain as I lead up to this occasion. Here are a few:

1) The general non-running population has no clue what marathons are like, nor do they care. The number one question I get asked when I tell people at work I’m running a marathon this weekend is, “Oh! How many miles is that?”, which is often followed by, “Why would you do that?!”

2) I’ve been having many pre-marathon nightmares lately. My favorite so far was that I finished the marathon, but the race director refused to give me a medal unless I ran the half-marathon as well. Other dreams include forgetting my headphones, socks, or showing up to the race in high heels.

3) I don’t remember feeling as stressed and nervous leading up to my first marathon as I have for my second. Maybe it’s because I know what I’m in for- all the pain, fatigue, boredom…why am I doing this again?

4) I’ve been battling a sore throat since Monday. It hasn’t gotten worse but it hasn’t gone away either. I’m sure it’s just a bad combination of stress and acid reflux. My friend Swiss informed me that St. Blaze is the patron saint of throat ailments, which is appropriate since my throat is on FIRE! (lol Catholic humor).

5) I’m very fortunate that my parents have a home in the Charlevoix area, which allows me to turn the marathon into a “race-cation”. My parents, brother, and Randy will be Up North this weekend and I’m looking forward to unwinding after running 26.2 by floating around Lake Charlevoix with a drink in my hand. I’m also happy to be visiting Short’s Brewery for the first time! They have a peanut butter and banana beer!!!!!!!

That’s it for now! My next post will obviously be my marathon race report, which will hopefully be all about how I PR’d the shit out of Charlevoix. Have a great weekend all you runnerds out there!

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