Ahhhhhh the week that I need it to be stress free is turning into HIGH stress. I've gotten so so so many helpful tips for the race and am so anxious to try them but first I need to get there and at this point I don't know if I will...with my mind in tact.
Last week was so stressful and sooooo very busy with work that I couldn't even think, in fact on Thursday I broke down and cried for 45 minutes. I kept trying to pull myself together and just get it going but I couldn't. Once I did I knocked it outta the park but man that thoughts, the stress I hate to say it but its still a fresh memory. And I know that any day now things could change and get crazy at work once again so just trying to take each day as they come.
So the night we got back from St. Louis my outdoor faucet was officially broke and in need of a plumber. Trying to save money I had a friend look at it, he didn't want to mess with it. So I had to put the hose up to it and run it to my front yard. 1st plumber to big to fit in my crawl space the small one wouldn't come till Monday-Today. And he was a no show! But to make it worse lets back track. Friday-my cell phone breaks, I can make and take calls but ONLY if its on speaker. Sprint is sending me a new phone, thank god for texting but not sure when the new phone shall arrive. But then the mother of all bad happens on Sunday morning. Matty and I were going to run the Screaming Pumpkin route (were doing the relay marathon with 2 other people) so he comes to pick me up in my SUV (I got a bit tipsy the night before at a wedding) as he back outta my driveway my car acts BAD. Not wanting to go into gear, we keep driving to get a feel of it and see if it will kick in. We didn't make it far, only to the big lots on Sterling and it died. It runs but wont go into gear, my escape is an 07 but I only purchased the darned thing not even 3 months ago. It's a good thing we were on our way to run and like to run so we left it and ran to Matt's place, through the Heights and then back to Matty's for a 7 mile run. My car is at Finish Line Ford as I type and IDK what is wrong. Yes its under the Power Train Warranty and for some odd reason I also went ahead and got the extended warranty THANKFULLY so it will be 100% covered but talk about suckage. I'm driving a rental (that's paid for by the dealer) until I know what's up. Oh and the plumber finally showed up, luckily that was an easy fix, installed a new faucet and I'm good to go AND as a bonus I don't have to run off my water in the winter with this. So now its just waiting for the car detail, I hope its fixed by Friday because I do NOT want to drive this nasty rental Chevy Cobalt to Mankato.
As far as running I did a 9.5 mile run on Thursday, already mentioned the 7 mile on Sunday both of which are mapped on Nikerunning.com if you wanna check them out (and posted on my facebook). Today I finally re calibrated my Nike+ and this time on the track at the Riverplex and I'm sooo mad because I'm not as fast as I thought..9:30-9:40 miles boooo. I did a 3 mile run after I re calibrated and my average was 9:40 so I guess I wont be making a goal of doing the 1/2 in under 2 hours now. So if I do it in the 2:05-2:10 range I'll be happy!
Running tips I can't wait to try:
-Drive to the start before the race so I know how long my drive is since I'm from out of town and know where I am going. We will do this on Friday anyway to pick up our race packets. That is the finish line but they are saying to park there, then take buses they are providing to the start. Nice too cuz if my SUV is fixed I have key less entry so we can leave a change of clothes in the truck along with keys, cells and stuff and not have to worry about a bag drop.
-Pack your drop bag the night before.
-Pin your bib number on your shirt and put the timing chip on your shoe the night before. Also lay out all your clothes, shoes, morning meals, ipod, gps and everything you play to use the night before.
-Have 2 form of wake up-were gonna set my alarm on my phone and ask for a wake up call from the front desk. I plan to wake up at 5-5:30am. Eat my breakfast about 6-6:15am, leave hotel by 6:30am. Plan to arrive to catch the buses at 6:45am. Race starts at 8am.
One last thing. My nephew and parents may come. I'm praying this happens because nothing would make me more happier so please pray with me and for me. They may let him out on a day pass (waiting approval-if you don't know what I'm talking about then ask and I MAY tell you if I don't then its none of ya's) and he said he wants to come see me run. So my parents are going to come down with him if he gets approved they plan to be in Mankato by 9am to see me cross the finish line.
If you have any other race tips please feel free to share!