Marathon Mondays: Oh, the places you'll go!

Getting down to the wire! With two weeks to go until Marathon Monday, and her final long run behind her, Erica shares some wise advice from an unexpected source to help get her through this last phase in her training. 

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I can't get the Dr. Seuss book "Oh the Places You'll Go!" out of my head this weekend. In particular, the part about "The Waiting Place...for people just waiting." That's where I feel like I am in my marathon training right now: "The Waiting Place." Two weeks left until race day and while I know it will fly by, I feel like I'm in that waiting place of anticipation and over-thinking.

But as the book goes on: "No! That's not for you! Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying. You'll find bright places where Boom Bands are Playing."  And Dr. Seuss is right! Life is moving oh so fast! I took my daughter to the American Girl store for the first time today. When I look at the pictures I took just a couple hours ago, I can't help but feel like these moments go by so fast. So, I tell myself to slow down and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And this is what I am telling myself right now as I as write this blog: to enjoy these last two weeks, these moments, and especially Marathon weekend.

In 2 weeks, I'll set off down Rt. 30 in Hopkinton to run in my second Boston Marathon. "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" as I head toward Boston, "You'll be on your way up! You'll be seeing great sights," the crowds, the roar at Wellesley College, the hills, the Citgo sign, the FINISH LINE!

"You'll join the high fliers who soar to great heights. You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest!" As I read these lines, I remind myself that I can do this! It's not a race, it's a run, a marathon, my marathon -- and I will be the best of MY best!

"And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed). You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!"  Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for your inspiration tonight! “OH the Places You'll GO” is one of my favorites and was just the reminder I needed this evening. I'm looking forward to a great week ahead of classes, short runs, and cross training. See you all in the studio and thank you again for all your love, support and encouragement on my marathon journey!