There is always a point in time pre marathon when I have an odd moment of clarity where things finally start to click in my mind and I say to myself "am I really doing this?".
Today is that day.
Even while committing every weekend all summer long to hours and miles of running, registering 8 months ago for this race, and my inevitable doom now just a short 3 days away...it didn't really seem to click in my mind until this morning. Still as I sit here I don't really know if my mind is fully grasping the idea of running 26.2 miles in less than 72 hours, but it's happening!
Truthfully, the marathon isn't really for me. We aren't very great friends, and it's become more of a love to hate kind of relationship. Yet, I continue to sign up while completely aware of the fact that my body has successfully made it through only 1 marathon healthy and together always thinking "this will be the one where I finally do it right". Still waiting on that...
Weird groin muscle cramps in 2011,
mental freak out in 2010,
|It's good that I can find humor in this now|
dibilitaing knee distress in 2008,
grossly hot temps in 2007,
|Didn't even finish that one|
way under trained in 2006,
|That was D's last marathon|
|This pic sums up perfectly how the race went for him|
thought I was Kenyan in 2005,
|Those are some real jacked up splits where I don't know what I was thinking for the 1st half.|
I was not in 3:15 shape but I sure as hell went out of the gate as if I was.
and then there is that 1st marathon...
I was a bandit (whoops...cats out of the bag now), I hadn't done any speed work building up for it, my mind had no conception of what running 26.2 miles would feel like, but it was the time of my life and I finished in 3:28 with NO post race soreness. It was a hoot.
And here I sit pumping myself up to be pace keeper and motivator for the hubby for marathon finish #7 that is just a blink away where again I'm wondering why I ever thought paying $150 to run 26.2 miles would be fun. Who pays to run a distance they hate? Apparently I do.
Honestly I think this marathon is just what I need. I have no stress about the day, no concern as to what my finish time will be, and feel like it's just going to be 26.2 miles of bonding with my man and the city I love.
Several people have mentioned that they are going to be out there on the course cheering, but my mind can't really remember where everyone said they will be. If you're spectating, let me know where you'll be so I can look out for you!