Unless I can't get control of these pre-race jitters (that are starting waaaaaaay to early) I think I should reasonably be able to finish under 4 hours. I however, am also willing to accept that things may happen and I might not get the time I'm planning for. I'm not even 100% sure what that time is, I do know it starts with a 3 though.
Beth, over at Shut Up and Run had an awesome post that I felt like was just for me today (me and her thousands of other followers). It gives some quality advice for first time marathoners. It also made me realize that a marathon is a long freaking way to run. Somewhere along the line, I think I forgot about that. It's just a marathon, no big deal, is what I always tell myself, but that isn't true. It IS a big deal. Maybe someday (after I've run a few dozen 50+ mile races) I'll look back on it and say, oh, it was just a marathon but until that point it IS a Marathon and that is a long way to run and I'm going to feel good when I have finally done it.
I've also come to realize that I'm about to make some new "real life" friends at the OBC (Oregon Bloggers Connection) meet up dinner. I'm super excited about that. Here's a list that I stole from my buddy Kim. You should stop by and tell these awesome runners hello and wish them good luck for the weekend:
Running the Half:
Kim - (Just) Trying is for Little Girls
Rhonda - Little Fruit Fly in Rainbow Colored Socks
Jenna Renae - Run Lawyer Girl Run
Julie - Adventure is Out There
Stacie - Impossible is Nothing
and running the full with (or more likely, slightly in front of) me and traveling cross country to do it:
Beth - Swim Bike Run DC
Amy - Welcome to Boston
We will also be graced with the presence of ERG - Small Town Runner, who will hopefully spend the evening telling us how wonderful it was to run Boston and distracting me with tales of how easy the Eugene Marathon will be.
If for some reason you didn't make the guest list and would love to get in on the fun let me know and we'll hook you up with the details.
|photo: Boston Globe|
That's it for today. I'm now off to take my kids to playgroup... at the mall. I guess I've figured that if I've managed to ward off all the sickie germs my kids have I can press my luck with other kids' germs too. I'll just think happy, healthy, magic force field around me, thoughts and I should be fine. Anyone have an extra bubble that I could live in for the next few days?