AT: So many events made this journey so memorable for immediate and future story telling - with embellishments to punch up the humor of course. Immediate things that come to mind:
Running four loops around Greenlake in monsoon rain so we could "quit" anytime and not Uber back to our cars - but we did it!
Being humbled into getting contacts after biting it "boom, face down" in front of a big hotel with coffee sipping patrons on their decks...obviously "I can see well enough" made sidewalk lips an unpleasant surprise.
Teddy's Burgers (Kaneohe plus tots) after a LONG run.
Running six extra miles looking for that last aid station in the rolling hills of PA. Thank you, Beth, for finding me.
My better half, Patrick, who made sure Saturdays were protected so I could both run, recover, and rumble if my feet would let me.
Brenda: Having reached the end of your training, what advice would you give anyone curious about taking on a marathon?
Kami: Don't do it... Just kidding! I have actually truly enjoyed training for the marathon, but I do think I did everything wrong at least once, though, so here's what I've learned:
Figure out your fueling. Everyone has a favorite gel, gummy, etc.- find out what works for you.
Pay attention to your meals before long runs and how they affect your stomach. (I think I know where every bathroom in Seattle is now)!
Listen to your body, and ask questions if something doesn't feel right.
AT: If I can do this, anyone can! It really is possible. And the training is FUN!
You'll probably enjoy the training even more if you start on a stronger physical base than starting when you're in the worst physical condition of your life. Sounds cliché and common sense, but I lived this, truly.
Smile when you're suffering - it actually works. Even when there isn't anyone around.
FUEL and HYDRATION should be revered. TRUTH. Because bonking is really a strange out of body experience that I hope not to repeat. I don't fear it, but I don't want to become a veteran in that state of being.
Brenda: Do you have a mantra for yourself come race day?
Kami: "Trust your training plan" and have fun!
AT: Core, butt, light.
This is just a moment, not the "thing".
Don't fear injury - live the wisdom of "active recovery."