The video below is hilarious, if you haven't seen it, but be forewarned that there are curse words in it so probably NSFW. Anyway, after watching this video "strut that a**" became what Jamie & I would say when we had to push through & finish a run. It made us laugh so hard that it cut through the seriousness of what we were feeling when we were lost in the ghetto or dieing from heat exhaustion.
I plan on using this motto on race day for sure. I have decided, after talking to my husband, that I will run the full marathon this Sunday (it is very awesome to have a husband who is a coach). My concerns, as it turns out, were not for myself but for my family, should I get seriously injured. He reminded me that he would be home on winter break & that he would help pick up the slack around the house. All I need to focus on is my job, & I can handle that. This led to my decision, & I feel like a big weight has been lifted. 16 weeks is a long time to train. I had a stellar 20 miler, & there is no reason for me to think that this race won't go well. The main concern I have is that the course is long. We will be running 8 loops of their "5K" course, which is actually 3.33 miles or something, making it 26.74 miles in total. It is quite possible that I won't meet my goal & that will make me very sad since I've had such an awesome 16 weeks of training (up until the end) but I will go out there & give it my best shot. All I really want is one good, clean marathon, if that exists. I feel like the first one was a bust (I followed a pace team that basically sealed my doom - even the pace team didn't meet their goal at the end), & I was badly injured on the second one, unable to run at all for 3 months with a muscle tear in my hip. I trained, I did everything right, I got a little injured at the end & have had a bad 3 weeks leading up to the race. I have kept running to a minimum to try to keep the injury to a minimum. This is concerning to me, but hopefully I haven't lost too much fitness. Anyway, I've made my decision & I am all in. I will totally strut that a** on Sunday :)