Thursday, May 3, 2012

It's almost time......

So. Here we are, 3 days before my second, and possibly last marathon.  I'm hoping that I will be left with a feeling of accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing I ran a good race after this weekend.  My first marathon didn't do that, which is why there had to be a second.  ( If this attempt goes to hell and I feel unsatisfied afterwords, there may be another one )  Last Saturday ( 1 week before the race ) I went and did some trail running with some friends and ended up rolling my ankle.  I don't know the difference between a sprain, or a strain, but it hurt like hell, swelled up and was hard to walk on for a few days.   I was able to run 2 miles on a treadmill last night with relatively little discomfort, just to test it out, but that's not much of a test for a 26 mile run.   It's making rapid improvement and I fully expect it to be a non-issue come Sunday.  I wish I was able to get a few more miles in during this last week, but what can you do.  I don't regret the decision to go trail running a week before my race, because, from day 1, this marathon quest was intended as  a means to enhance my life.  Accepting a social invite to do a fun thing with good guys, is how you enjoy yourself.  To have sacrificed that for my race, would be getting my priorities mixed up.   I'm all kinds of stressed out and nervous and have a lot of issues that seem to all be piling up at this very moment.  I don't know if that's true, or just my perception of things, but it feels pretty real for me.  Some things are getting better, some things are getting worse, and some are just confusing.  When isn't that the case though ?  I genuinely think things are getting better on many fronts, and for that I'm grateful.  I'm also looking forward to having this race behind me.  I'm pretty excited about being an independent runner again; able to run long or short, fast or slow, here or there, etc.
So...this may be my final post before the marathon on Sunday.  It's the Cox Sports Providence Marathon on Sunday May 6th.  I don't think they have a live tracking feature but if they do, and you're bored, I'm number 66.  My goal is to be under 4 hours.  I'd be thrilled to be under 3:50 but that's probably not going to happen.  The night before the race I'll full of nervous energy in a hotel room so I may post again then.  I probably won't have anything monumental or all that significant to say, but it'll be interesting for me to capture my stress level in a post and then go back and read it later.  Wish me luck !!


  1. Go get it, a New Englander, I'll definitely be following your progress on Sunday! Relax and save it all up for Sunday, and go out and enjoy yourself! Looks like you'll have a decent weather day (better than I did at Boston!), and I'm sure you're going to have a great run!

  2. Thanks for the feedback and the confidence Bill. I'll keep you posted on the results !!

  3. I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now. Had to finally post today to say Good Luck... Remember, trust your training. Can't wait to see how you do.

    (btw: found your blog from your RWOL account. I loved your post on weight loss)

  4. Thanks ! I guess it makes sense that my weight loss posts are more popular. I was more successful at losing weight than I was at marathoning. As I get back to a less structured running schedule, I'm hoping my joy for running increases and becomes evident in my blogging.