I’m going to run my first marathon in nine months this coming Saturday. It is the Yakima River Canyon Marathon, a nice small point to point event about two hours east of here. I have to say that I’m feeling nervous about it. Probably more than I have since I ran my first one. I look forward to getting this one out of the way, so I can get past a need to prove something. I’m also a bit concerned about coming down with something, as a cold has made its way through the family, and there’s a nasty flu bug around too. If I could simply sleep all week, to prevent sickness or injury I would.
My preparation has gone very well. I ramped my mileage up nicely, and have introduced a bit of hill and speedwork. I am trying not to set a personal time goal, but I have been feeling pretty strong nonetheless. Who would ever have thought I’d be here eight months ago?
This is the thing I need to remember. Race day is about showing off the quality of your preparation. I’ve done two twenty-plus mile runs and have logged lots of other miles as well. I’m tending towards 36-38 miles per week, about 6 per week more than before the accident. My mindset is pretty solid too – recovery has given me good perspective on training.
Everything should be okay, provided I can stay calm :).