Too Much Excitement
|April 25, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
That title really should be in all caps. ALL CAPS TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT. But, it’s early, and I didn’t want to scare anyone away.
Taper, as I’ve mentioned no less than 827 times, is not a pleasant time for me. I’m all amped up about the race, unable to contain all of the excess energy I’m stuck with from not working out all day every day, and I get giddy every time I hear someone say anything resembling a variation of “Eugene” “HugeEug” “Marathon” or “Oregon.”
“Oregon” is kind of a hot word at work right now. It’s problematic for my taper crazies.
And in case regular old taper crazies were not enough, this week has been overflowing with race excitement that has nothing to do with the 26.2 miles I’ll be cruising this weekend. And nothing gets me excited like races do.
Pretty much every day this week, which has apparently only been two days, because holy shit, it’s only Wednesday, I’ve been off-the-wall with Eugene excitement, only to add to it with some non-HugeEug race registering/race scheming/race obsessing. The daily scene looks a little like: Emily sitting in chair, literally shaking with the giddy nerves, talking about nothing but what will happen in Eugene from wheels down to crossing that finish line, external race shit happens, Emily gets even more excited, shaking increases, Emily loudly curses her inability to run it off.
And now I will stop talking about myself in the third person, because that’s weird. I’m uncontrollably excited, you get it.
ANYWAY, here’s what’s been making it worse:
First, I caved in and registered for the New York City Marathon.
With the guaranteed entry time standards getting scary fast next year, I figured this would be my last shot to run it without braving the lottery.
It’s a week after my birthday marathon (or, as some people call it “the Marine Corps Marathon”) but that gives me several months to learn how to run back to back marathons. I’m sure it will be fine. If this girl can run, like, 12, in, like, a week, I’m sure I can handle two in 8 days. But even if I have to walk the damn thing, I want to experience the New York City Marathon from someplace other than the sidelines, sporting something other than crutches.
Seems like a reasonable demand to me.
And, to really bring the taper week excitement to a sky high level, I found out yesterday at Nuun PDT that I’ll be heading back to the West Coast this August for more Hood to Coast Relay fun with Team Nuun.
To say I’m excited is a huge understatement. This experience was hands down one of the most amazing of my running career, and, for a girl who races 1-4 times a month, that’s saying a lot. I made friends I can’t imagine not knowing, friends who have been instrumental in keeping me positive through a devastating injury, and a source of constant motivation and encouragement during my return to running. The relay and everything about the weekend and my teammates got me excited about running and racing again, after experiencing some not-so-mild burnout from the Ironman I’d finished four weeks before the relay.
I knew I wanted to apply to return from pretty much the moment our team crossed the finish line. Or, more accurately, probably from the moment I stepped into the van we called home for 26 glorious hours. I am thrilled and honored to be returning for, what I’m sure will be, an even more incredible experience.
The countdown to August started at exactly 12:01 pm yesterday afternoon.
And now to return to regularly scheduled Eugene excitement. There’s only 4 more sleeps until game time!