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Ready for the Starting Line

Staying hydrated during the race clearly won't be a problem! (Photo courtesy of John Herr)

It’s the final countdown! Who is excited? I know this girl is! I can’t wait to run with everyone on Saturday, we are going to have a blast. Even though I am at the end of my training program, there are a few goals I set for myself in this last leg.

First, I want to up my water intake every day this week. I don't want to have any hydration issues the day of the race, so by going into race day well hydrated I'll be in great shape.

Second, I want to really take the time to enjoy my runs this week. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed them all, but there was always an agenda behind them. This week I just want to enjoy the ride and all my hard work. I feel like this is the point in training where you really relax a little. There shouldn't be anything you need to change up at this point, so when I run I'm going to just take in each moment.

Last, I'm removing any pressure I have put on myself. At this point stress related to times, splits, IT bands and anything else will do nothing but ruin the experience. I've worked too hard to let that happen. I choose fun over everything else!

For those of you also running, I encourage you all to take pride this week in what we've already accomplished. I don't know about you, but for me it was huge. I have learned so much about running and my body; it has been an amazing experience. Soon we will all be meeting at the starting line! It makes me giddy just thinking about it. Have a great week and see you very soon!