So, my back started to hurt last week. Major sad face. Iâ€™m not sure what triggered it, beyond the expected stress of training, but suddenly, my lower back was hurtinâ€™ so much. That caused my shoulders to tighten up. I was a big mess.
Iâ€™ve been getting lots of acupuncture from the Husband. Heâ€™s been also doing some moxibustion on the needles (basically, a slow-burning herb that heats them up). Several treatments later, I felt a lot better.
We donâ€™t have a massage table at home â€“ remember how Kristien did the labor-encouraging acupuncture on our dining room table? (Side note â€“ it workedâ€¦ my water broke five hours later!).
So Kristienâ€™s been doing this round of acupuncture while I lay on the couch, watching TV or reading a book (Iâ€™m currently reading The Circle, which is SO great). On Sunday, he wanted to do the session while we watched The Walking Dead â€“ I made him wait until Revenge was on because â€“ seriously â€“ no one should watch a frightening zombie show while you have a bunch of tiny needles jammed into your back.
This week, Coach Marniâ€™s training plan directed me to â€œget a massage.â€ Oh, hi, you donâ€™t have to tell me that twice! I had an amazing massage this morning, and I swear, I could feel the last bit of tension in my back releasing. Hereâ€™s to hoping Iâ€™m 100% on race day!
Speaking of race day, Marni sent me a â€œrace day prepâ€ worksheet to fill out. She said I could share some of it with you all. My favorite part of the worksheet was this checklist at the end.
I reviewed the athlete guide: Yes, numerous times.
I have my ID and USAT card (not expired) for check in: I guess I should go find thatâ€¦
I will attend athlete briefing: Yes! For sure.
I promise that I will race my own race and not compare myself to anyone else except the old me that wasnâ€™t able to race at this level when I started training: Heck yes! I think I have a really, really good attitude about this race. I went into it just wanting to finish strong and feel proud of myself, and thatâ€™s how I feel about it, now, too. Iâ€™ll leave placing on the podium to my speedy readers and Coach Marni.
I will not stress about things out of my control: Well, Iâ€™m a little stressed out about the weather forecast, but this is a good reminder to take a chill pill. What will be, will be.
I promise to just slow down, but to never think about quitting, if I have a low moment (not health related): One of my race goals is to never let my mind wander to extremely negative places.
I will respect my body and the distance: Iâ€™ve got mad respect for you, 70.3.
I will let my mind be my only limiter on race day: YES YES YES.
I have/will continue to thank my team/family for supporting me throughout my training journey: Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Husband (for stepping up with Henry duty while I did long workouts, for listening to me talk about training non-stop, and for traveling with me to Miami to support me), to Henry (for long rides in the jogging stroller and hanging out at the gym childcare while I swam), and to Coach Marni for supporting, encouraging, and answering all my â€œWhat do I do?!â€ text messages.
I will finish strong because I have worked hard for this day: Believe it, achieve it.
What a great checklist, right? I like how itâ€™s a mix of practical and inspirational points (thatâ€™s Coach Marni in a nutshell).
Ever gotten acupuncture? Whatcha watching / reading right now? Would you ever get acupuncture while watching The Walking Dead or do you want to jump out of your skin too much while watching such a scary show?