The weather has been in the high 50’s and raining here this week, so I have pounded out my two runs thus far – on the treadmill. My son joined me for half of Wednesdays run, but my 8 last night was on my own.
I’m spending a lot of time thinking about the Marine Corps Marathon lately. I have worked for three years toward getting to that starting line, So I suppose it makes sense. I am not worried about finishing it. I have NO doubt that I will. I do have some questions as to what pace I should run it in. I still believe that I can complete it in under 4 hours, but I’m not sure I should try. Being that it is my first marathon, I can see aiming for a 4:20, and really concentrating on enjoying the scenery and experience. After all, you only get one first marathon! (But then, wouldn’t it be cool to have my first marathon be under 4 hours?)
I also have many thoughts from the build up – inspired by the knowledge that a goal from over 20 years ago is finally approaching, as well as what I have learned about myself in the training. I have no doubt you will hear FAR more about these thoughts in the next month or so. Some will come out before the marathon, and others will come out afterwards.
It has been said that you can’t run a marathon without it changing you. While I haven’t found this out yet, I can assure you – you cannot train for one without becoming a different person than the first day you strapped on your running shoes with the intention of starting your training..
As my marathon training ends, I find that the time I have left to raise funds to help the homeless is also drawing to an end. I would ask you to please click in the top right corner on the Help the Homeless banner, and consider donating. $10 becomes 20, as Fannie Mae is matching the donations. For my international readers, yes! You can still donate! (I know you were wondering)