On this day prior to Race Day, I wanted to jot down a few thoughts.
For one, I can’t wait to run. I feel like I’ve been a little cooped up because of tapering an all. It’s been a long time since I’ve run a full marathon…last one was March 2010 in Los Angeles. As noted in this blog in recent weeks, I am not going for any sort of personal best. The time I had to train just didn’t suit this type of goal. I’m just gonna run and do my best. I want to soak it in and enjoy the experience as much as possible. And yes, in a sick sort of way, the pain is enjoyable. I hope to be able to tolerate the pain long enough to finish. The pain will be there, that will be no surprise! Every marathon is different and I expect to have a new experience this time around. I ran this race in 2009 and really enjoyed it. I’m excited to actually be in a race atmosphere again…a Marathon atmosphere…it’s different. If you have been there, you know what I’m talking about. Every person out there has their own goal, their own dreams, their own struggles with their body, nutrition, etc…and we keep going…we keep going because we give ourselves no other choice. We must keep moving to follow our dreams, our goals. We must get thru the huge discomfort and pain that will inevitably find it’s way into the body. We must be strong in our heads to slay the dragon that wants us slay us! Everyone has their own plan, their own strategy and their own “tricks of the trade” that will get them to the finish line. I will have my own plan but I will most definitely be guided by this sentence … the shirt I got from my very 1st Marathon in Chicago, 2000.
Run Strong, Runners and may you feel light on your feet.