Less than 24 hours until I toe the line of the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon. The training is done. There were a few points during training where things didn’t go as planned, especially here in the last week. I felt like crap, chest congestion, cough, stuffy nose, so I did the best thing I could do, rest. I was able to time my vacation from work around this event, so I haven’t worked since Monday, and am beyond mentally relaxed as well. I don’t think I could do much else to prepare for this event.
What’s my strategy going into this run? First and foremost is to be patient. I can’t go out and blow my load the first two miles feeding off the adrenaline of the crowd. I need to run smart, and that is running the first half of the marathon slower than the second half. I need to hold back in the beginning when I feel like pushing, and push when I feel like holding back in the second half. Second is to stay well hydrated. I will hit every water stop early in the race. The cold medicine I have been taking, has been leaving me very dehydrated. Third is to clear my mind of all distractions and be focused. No worries about the rest of my life, and what might happen tomorrow. While I’m out there, there is no tomorrow! It is just me, the course, and the clock. Last is to leave every ounce of energy, every ounce of my being out on that course, so that when I cross that finish line, I have nothing left to give.
Concerns? Yeah I have a few. One of the biggest feelings I’ve had throughout my training, and why I named this blog “Where it All Begins Again” is because I have felt like I’m getting ready for my first marathon all over again, and it is in Philadelphia where I ran my first back in 1999. So I guess I’m a little scared, I feel like I’ve never gone this distance before, even though I have 11 times. I wonder whether my mind will let me put my body through it. Although Rocky Balboa said it best, ” I think you try a little harder when you’re scared, this is what has worked for me.” Second concern is my right ankle, it has been bothering me for a while now. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it worries me over the long haul. I’m going to be wearing a protective sleeve over it tomorrow for a little extra support. Other than that, I am in perfect working condition.
Wow, I just can’t believe the big day is just about here. The last two weeks have definitely creeped up on me fast. Tomorrow, all the hard work pays off. I’m ready! As the Rocky sayings go, “you’re gonna eat lightning, and you’re gonna crap thunder, they’re gonna have to put you in a cage kid.” The time I spend out there, whether it be 4 1/2 hours, 5 hours, or gulp…5 1/2 hours, that is my moment. It is my World Series, it is my Super Bowl, it is my Stanley Cup, it is my Wrestlemania, it is my time, and my marathon! I’ll see you at the finish!