I find myself staring at the calendar, wondering how I've made it thru the past 11 weeks. It definitely hasn't felt like 11 weeks at all. It has been a very different process/experience than training for a full length marathon, though I can't quite put my finger on why it's so different. Sure, the training runs are shorter. Yes, the training cycle isn't nearly as long. But the most important thing is I think I've been different during this training cycle. I've pushed myself, pushed my limits to make myself run faster than I've ever run before... especially during the long runs. My pace runs have been under 10 minute miles. I bought a Cannondale, so I actually cross-trained a bit (something I've never done before). And yes, my last long run did not go as planned... but not all training runs are perfect.
I have accepted I will probably not hit my goal of finishing in 2:15:00. I can thank strep throat for that. But I know, in a way I didn't know in October, that I am going to finish this thing & get a damned finisher's medal. I know I'm going to be okay. In fact, I know I'm going to rock this thing.