Here we are in Hobart with just two sleeps to go until the Cadbury Marathon. We are as ready as we’re ever going to be. The training is done, the long runs notched up. For the last 14 weeks we’ve followed the training plan and slowly inched towards our goal of running a marathon. We are right on the door step. There is the start line! Right there!
It’s time to relax, breath and trust the training.
To all have encouraged and supported through your likes and comments – thank you so much. The word is definitely more powerful than the sword. I’m going to be writing Dig Deep on my arm early on Sunday morning to remind me of how beautiful the running community is. Thanks everyone xxx
A Meeting of the Body…
Feet: Hello Everyone, welcome to the Pre-Marathon Briefing Meeting.
Arms: Hang on Feet, Brain isn’t here.
Feet: (sighing) I’m not surprised at all by that. Brain is far too busy being all mooshy about the romance and spiritual guff of marathon running – Brain is too busy to get together with us to talk physical logistics, you know, the REAL side of running a marathon. (In a loud determined voice) Let’s face it everyone, it’s up to us!
Lungs: I agree with you, Feet. It’s about us… Heart pumping, Feet plodding, Calves, Quads and Hamstrings pulling together, Arms swinging, Core being strong and me breathing hard. It’s us all working together that’s going to get Team Unsporty over that finish line.
Guts: (trembling) I’m worried though!
Calves: (sounding anxious) Me too!
Feet: Don’t worry Guts, if you need us to pull into a portaloo we’ll just do that. And for goodness sake if you have to release your inner Shrek just do it! We don’t want to run a marathon with you all uncomfortable. Manners are left at the start line and collected again at the finish. OK?
Guts: (Blushing) But I might slow the Team down! Or worse, (mumbling) embarrass everyone.
Feet: Slow is ok. We don’t want a pants malfunction, we’ll just stop at the loo, no worries! (Looking at Arms) Hey Arms! Keep her eating under control will you, please? That way there is less chance of Shrek making an appearance.
Arms: Oh she’s being good at the moment. Hands and I have only been picking up good food for the last few days, and I overheard Brain saying that they were determined to make good food choices. So that’s sorted. Been enjoying all that healthy stuff with no alcohol, eh Guts?
Guts: Oh yes, it’s been great! (Whispering) But watch out after the marathon, chocolate!!
Calves: (Still anxious) But what if I get crampy?
Feet: Don’t worry Calves, there’s lots of magnesium in the system – love that soothing feeling – and she’s very well hydrated and staying so.
Calves: I’ll try not to worry, then.
Feet: Ok let’s bring this meeting to a close. Objective is to get from the start to the finish. If we have to we’ll pull in for a portaloo stop. If it’s hot we’ll slow the pace down. We’ll start at the start, follow the course and then get to the finish. Everyone agreed?
Everyone nods in agreement.
Just then Brain wooshes in all flushed with doey-eyed marathon dreams.
Brain: Did I miss something?
Feet: No, we’ve got it sorted. Looks like we’re going to run a marathon on Sunday. You, Brain, just keep believing that you can with no buts ok?
Happy running 🙂