Last Week and Losing My Mind

I have decided that the world really needs to just stop until I get to the start line on Sunday. How exactly do you just live your daily life when you are a couple of days away from your first marathon? I have no concentration, zero patience and my stomach has a permanent case of the butterflies. I am drinking so much water I can’t stray too far from a bathroom. I am working hard at eating well but I broke down today and ate chocolate because, well I NEEDED it. I spent the whole day with six year olds. Newsflash – grade one kids couldn’t care less about the fact you are only days away from your biggest life challenge (maybe I should actually rank it second after childbirth, but at the moment it feels bigger). So despite my edginess and nerves, those little ones just kept asking their questions, usually over top another person who was telling me a story and who was talking over another kid who was asking to go to the bathroom, who was drowning out the kid who was tattle telling. Shouldn’t there be some rule that says just stay away from a person running her first marathon??? And then there are my own kids…I think they might actually be relieved when I disappear for the weekend. I’ll be tired when I get back, but here’s hoping I won’t be quite as crazy.

This marathon needs to hurry up and come!

7 thoughts on “Last Week and Losing My Mind

  1. Jena

    Hey K! So proud of you to be doing this! Remember, you are running for you, your family and for the thousands of us who haven’t slogged miles and miles through wind, rain and snow and have nothing but admiration for those of you who do. Whatever the outcome, you are a champion!

    There’ll be a little cheering happening in my corner of west Ottawa… Go Kristi, go!


    1. kristi Post author

      Thank you Jena! I am going to be hearing those cheers in my head while I am running, particularly if (when?) I hit the dreaded “wall” and want to quit. I hope to come back to Ottawa feeling like I was able to give it my best.

  2. Davina

    Kristi, you’re an inspiration! The time and effort that goes in to training for a marathon is immense and I salute you for it. I hope to do a marathon one day also, so I’ll be calling you for tips. Good luck (you won’t need it as you’re prepared) and have fun. I look forward to hearing all about it.
    Take care

    1. kristi Post author

      Thank you Davina!! You would be awesome at a marathon – look how good your half marathon times are! If you ever want to take the leap I’ll do some long runs with you – you would just have to run slower with me πŸ™‚
      Do you think you would ever be interested in the Around the Bay 30k? I am playing with the idea of going in March, just wish it wasn’t so far away.

  3. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!

    Deep breaths! This post made me laugh. I’m so excited for you. Your first marathon is a huge accomplishment, evidently on par with child birth πŸ™‚ Having never given birth to a child, I had no idea. No matter what happens, I hope you enjoy the experience!

  4. Nathalie

    I’m in awe of you! You will be FABULOUS!! Good luck!! I will be thinking of you as I’m screaming my head off running away from zombies!

    Maybe picture you have zombies running after you will help you during those times you don’t think you can go on!

    Go Kristi go!

    1. kristi Post author

      Thanks Nathalie! I have visions of me running so slowly at the end that zombies will find me easy prey πŸ™‚

      Can’t wait to hear about your race!


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