It's Saturday morning and the start of the Sugarloaf Marathon is exactly 24 hours away. Yikes and double yikes! What in the world was I thinking when I agreed to this mess? And did I mention that I'm running another marathon in 2 weeks. Apparently I wasn't thinking at all or I made these decisions under duress or in some sort of euphoric haze. You'd be amazed at the ideas you come up with during the first few miles of a race when you're full of adrenaline and feel unstoppable. Seriously. We've hatched many a plan before overdosing on GU.
All I know is that we're 24 hours out and my legs are revolting. It's as if they woke up Wednesday morning knowing what was expected of them this weekend. I swear. Everything below my knees hurts in some way, shape or form. I'm R-I-C-E'ing and despite the rest, ice, compression and elevation I am still keenly aware that my legs are below me. Not good. Not good at all. And, the forecast? That doesn't look especially promising either. Rain and 40s-50s. At least it isn't snow and ice. Not yet anyway.
I sound like a real Debbie Downer, don't I? Don't let me fool you. I'm looking forward to a relaxing Saturday night in Sugarloaf with my friends and to tackling Sugarloaf one step at a time with them on Sunday. And while I'm putting one foot in front of the other I'll tell myself repeatedly ~ The only way out is through! The only way out is through! Or, I'll channel Dory from Nemo ~ Just keep running. Just keep running. Or I'll call to mind some of the wise words of others:
- “The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.” Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
- “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Kathrine Switzer, women’s marathoning pioneer
And, of course,
- “Why couldn’t Phidippides have died here?” Frank Shorter’s comment to Kenny Moore at the 16-mile mark in one of Shorter’s first marathons
Wish us luck. Keep us in your prayers. Light a candle for us. Keep your fingers crossed. Send us positive vibes. Whatever it is you do in the hopes of good results please do it. We'll let you know how it goes!