What better way to commemorate the start of the 10 Day countdown then with a list of my Top Ten Reasons I will Rock Chi-Town (even if I pulled a hammy two days ago, got very little sleep last night and lost my gym bag with my Garmin in it this morning! Like I said earlier...if tapering was a college course, I'd be FAILING right now.) But never mind all of that, the question isn't if I'm ready for Chicago, the question is - Is Chi-Town ready for ME?
Top Ten Reasons I will ROCK Chi-Town
10. Because I'm faster than I used to be.
...4 mile PR, mile repeats in sub-6 pace...need I say more?9. Because I feel stronger than I've ever been.
...ran 22 miles over the palisades and no post-run nap.9. Because I run farther than I used to go
...I've done 800+ miles over 16 weeks to prepare for one 26.2 run.8. Because I've trained harder for #10 than 1-9
...my recovery week mileage would count as peaks last year.7. Because 2 years is a long time to wait for a breakthrough marathon
...3:02 in NYCM 2008, 3:02 in Boston 2009...i think it's time.6. Because I'm bringing along friends to cheer me on.
...some running, some not, but all so motivating and inspiring5. Because my bandanna gives off speedy magical powers
...that's right now the best kept secret in town!4. Because I will rest, taper and not get sick before race day.
...because everyone deserves a second chance3. Because sleep is no longer an optional commodity
...I will get 8+ hours a day even if I theoretically can't2. Because I will DEFINE MY OWN AWESOMENESS in Chi-Town
...that will be my rallying cry in the last 10K1. Because this is my new power song:
The Countdown is On!
Are YOU ready?