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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

only 9 days?!
26-Jul-2013 03:36:21 AM [(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

Is it already here?  9 days?  Wow!  I didn't know what to expect when I signed up for this race over a year ago...and oddly just 9 days away, I still don't know what to expect.  Oh well, I'm excited and terrified all at the same time.  Who can work?  I'm so preoccupied with the few things I have left to do before I leave, and with the 250km around Iceland...ah, work?  It's totally overrated. 

As for this tapering business, it has completely taken on a new meaning.  Unfortunately, some unforeseen happenings have resulted in me doing very little this week.  I guess the silver lining is that I didn't overdo it so I should be fully rested and injury free at the start line.  In just 9 days!!!

Lastly, I have to give a great deal of thanks to my dear friend, Daphne. She was the driving force behind me through all of this training.  I couldn't have done it without her.  She's pretty awesome!! She has selflessly spent hours training with me in this blazing summer heat, and she has encouraged me and believed in my abilities much more than I have.  I can't begin to say how much I appreciate her because the past few years of training for various marathons and now this race, she has been a constant...even wearing a weighted vest so I'm not the only one carrying weight. Really? Who does that? Like several of us always tell her, she is a better friend than we are! And it is so true!  But since she won't be with me in Iceland, I'll just have to rely on her voice in my head when I'm struggling on the course. :)  Love you, Daph!
to pack or not to pack
12-Jul-2013 05:32:16 AM [(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

i've gone through the items in my backpack a million times.  i've unpacked then repacked going through the list each and every time because you never know, that small utility knife might have somehow snuck out of the pouch it's in with my blister kit.  it could happen; they could grow legs and try to hide from me.  

i've become a little neurotic with this whole backpack thing.  do i want to carry this shirt, or will that one be better?  i'll make a decision then change my mind.  i find it difficult to pack for cooler weather since i've been training in the heat since mid-april. i'm going to have plenty of extras in my suitcase and expect i'll go through this process up until gear check.  am i the only crazy one? please tell me no!  also, are y'all (and yes, i'm a southern girl so i say y'all a lot) just going to have the one required 35l dry sack with your things in there or will you have some smaller dry sacks?  i have smaller ones to help me be a bit more organized, but i know they add weight.  so i'm trying to decide what's more important: wanting a little less weight or possibly being brought to tears at the end of the day when i'm exhausted searching for that blasted utility knife (the one with legs, mind you).  i figure for my tent mates sakes, i'll carry the extra dry sacks.   

besides that i think i've gotten my food figured out, even though a few tweaks here and there are expected.  who the heck knows!  it's a bit of a crap shoot for me since i've never done this before.  i guess i'll figure it out.  i think i have enough food to sustain me without feeling like i'm carrying a fully stocked grocery store on my back.  my pack is a little heavier than i hoped for, but i've been training with that amount of weight so if i can lighten the load just a little, i should be okay.

23 days to go, and i feel terribly unprepared, but i'm trying for another long mile weekend.  here's to hoping!!  i'm so terribly excited about iceland, but in my opinion the finish line needs to add another activity.  backpack burning!! i would totally take part in that.  maybe that's because everytime i think about another mile with that thing on in this 95 degree heat, i want to set mine on fire!  i so look forward to a run without something the size of a toddler strapped to my back...oh happy day.  wishing you all the best for your final training push. yay for iceland!!

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