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‘Training’ mission accomplished!

Posted by Ty Velde  April 11, 2013 07:42 AM

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My training is finally over!!!

Yes folks, after doing one last run on Wednesday morning I can officially say that I’ve stopped running … until Monday.

100ty_velde.jpg Ty Velde is a regular contributor to Boston.com's Marathon blog.
So what does this mean? For me, it means that for the next few days I can lead for what is most a relatively normal life. While I will certainly be thinking about the marathon, I won’t be thinking about running. Instead, I will just wake up, get my kids ready for the day, go to work, go home, play with the kids, get them to bed, go to bed myself and then do it all over again … for the next few days. During this time I’ll also be hitting the Expo, pick up my number, celebrating my daughter’s second birthday on Friday (tomorrow) and entertaining a house full of sugar-infused toddlers at her birthday party on Saturday. However, one thing I will not be doing is wondering how to get a run in or feeling lesser for not having gone running or skipped a few days.

Yes, now is the time to just relax … theoretically.

While I know that these last days prior to race day drive many marathoners crazy, I love this time. As running is such a big part of my life, it’s nice to put it on the shelf for a few days and live like the other 99 percent of people that I know.

So why do I really feel this way?

To be honest, it’s because I’ve completed every facet of my training program and met all of my training objectives. I know that heading into Monday’s marathon I have done everything that I planned to do to prepare. I met my mileage goals, ramped up just as I had planned and concluded my training exactly on schedule with a feeling of confidence. Most importantly, as I head into these final days leading up to race day, my head is not filled with “what if’s” or “if only I could have’s”. Nope, when someone asks if I’m ready, I just simply nod my head and say “yes”.

So there you have it, as of Wednesday morning I am happy to report back to my friends, family and fellow runners ... ‘Training’ Mission Accomplished!

See you on Monday.

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