This time next week, I will have got back from running my first ever full marathon. I may not be walking very well. In fact, I think I may regret living on the 3rd floor in a building with no lift when I stand at the bottom of the stairs, on legs that will have carried me 42.whatever kilometres (I refuse to count 0.whatever kilometres, it's the 42 that count), knowing that the only way I'm going to get a bath and some food is if I make it to the top of said stairs.
Today, I spent some time getting my stuff together for the race. I've got some of them there compression tights that are supposed to support your muscles as you run. They have been strongly recommended by almost everyone I know who runs or does triathlons (yep, I know some crazy folks) and I figured I should get as much on my side as I can. What they don't tell you is that compression tights are a bugger to get into. Obviously, to allow them to support your muscles, they have to have only a little stretch in them. Cue a quite stressful moment in the changing room, when I seriously doubted I would ever get back out of them, and wondered if I could get away with wearing them non-stop for a full week, and then cutting them off after the marathon. Luckily, I didn't have to abandon personal hygiene and they are actually not so hard to get back out of. Thankfully, I have no idea how I would have had that conversation in the store.
I also started on the carb loading. I've been told to eat plenty of pasta in the week before the race, to build up the energy in my body. I have no idea if it's actually true, but, meh, any excuse for a bowl of carbonara, that's what I say.
I followed that up with a stroll around town, a quick gawp at the new I-Phone, which I suspect I would have trouble using, but would look cool while I didn't use it, which is part of the battle.
So, all that's left to do is to convince myself I can do this. Mental attitude is part of the battle. Oh, and I also need to make a decent I-Tunes list to help me along the way, the more I can sing along to, the better. Suggestions anyone?