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Too Much Excitement

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

23 Responses to Too Much Excitement

  1. Great things are happening for ya, Emily! :)

    Hope I can join ya at HTC!

  2. Good luck in Eugene! Run like the wind or at least like Pre. :)
    Congrats on getting on the Nuun team.

  3. Go rock NY! And ^double thumbs up^ for Team Nuun!

  4. Lots of good things are happening for you in the running world! That’s awesome!! Good luck at Eugene this weekend!!

  5. Good call on the NYCM registration. It is definitely a must race, so glad I got to run it last year before those psychotic guaranteed entry times take effect. SO excited to be on Team Nuun with you! I can’t wait to experience this amazingness you describe!

  6. You got this! You’re gonna rock this race. And what’s life without a little bit of the taper crazies?
    I’m super excited for you. You’ll do awesome!

  7. Not too much excitement…just the right amount :) See you in August if not sooner (maybe in SF?). Very excited to track you in Eugene! And are we going to get to see your HTC app? Or is it ‘classified’?

  8. Congrats on the Hood to Coast! I would love to do that relay one year. And, that’s also super exciting about NYC- no wonder you’re vibrating!

  9. Congrats! I am ridiculously excited and I am not even racing this weekend. I can’t even imagine how you must be feeling! Good luck at Eugene!

  10. Soooo exciting :) I can’t even imagine your anticipation for this event…good luck girl and kill it !!

  11. Good luck in Eugene! Sounds like good things are coming your way – glad I found your blog so I can keep up!

  12. Rest up. You’ll nail it. You are an amazing athlete.

  13. Hey just stumbled upon your blog! I hate taper phase too… I just end up with way too much energy. Good luck at Eugene this weekend, and congrats on Nuun HTC!!

  14. congrats on nuun! and not killing youself during taper.
    nyc is gonna be radness.

  15. CONGRATS on coming back to the PNW (this weekend and in August)! Look forward to seeing you again.

    GOOD LUCK at Eugene!

  16. Just started reading your blog, and you are so inspiring!! Taper phase always makes me super nervous. Without the long workouts, I inevitably get nervous that I am losing all that hard work. I have to make myself remember that this is just as important as the rest of the training process.
    Good luck on the upcoming race!!!

  17. good luck this weekend!!! and can’t wait to meet you at HTC! i’m sooo excited!

  18. Good Luck Emily at Eugene this weekend!! I know you’ll do great! Can’t wait to hear all about it!! :)

  19. Good Luck! I know you will do well.

  20. HOOD TO COAST!!! Yay! Congrats! Can’t wait to meet you in real life! And I can’t wait for you to ROCK Eugene, you’re going to kill it. Have a blast in Oregon, I’m sad I won’t be there, my old stompin grounds. I’d hoped I’d come cheer but just can’t make the drive this weekend. And Yay for you for NYC, but boo for me, I got rejected. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND!!

  21. Eugene and then HTC… so. awesome!!!

    Have a GREAT race!

  22. Congrats on the Nuun team. Looks like it will be so much fun. Good luck at Eugene!

  23. I just saw your race time over on SR – you’re amazing!

    I hope you’re sufficiently drunk, and celebrating right now!

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