Was flipping through my Runner's World and saw the marathon ad that some have been talking about.
Controversy aside, it reminded me that this weekend I should approach my 10th marathon the way I've done so many -- with a race plan in mind and to a degree run it not just for the challenge of completing it, but competing with myself.
Even after nine marathons, I still approach every race of 42.2 kilometres with caution and respect. I have to eat properly, rest up, pack up for race day and contain the nerves for race day.
Before many a race, I've felt blah in the days before, but as friends say at the end of a marathon training program, 'the hay is in the barn' and you've done all your work. Time to cash in those pennies put away.
True, I just finished a 11 day stretch of work and in this week have only run twice, but I think that even so, I can look to Sunday's Mississauga Marathon with some hunger. I want to compete, even if that notion of competition is to better my time from Boston, which I ran for fun. I said that Mississauga was also for fun, but I'm thinking that any marathon, after the 18 or so mile mark, you have to start to dig deep. I plan on that.
Picked up my 3:30 band. I'll go out at that pace and see how it goes. And I've been told that there's one runner I should look at beating. I sure hope he's not a speedy one. Game on.