My third marathon will be in the morning! Hopefully, I will complete it (not get injured).
I thought my training went well until I hurt my ankle about two weeks ago and then I got sick less than two weeks ago. The flu I got was horrible. It caused me to work two days of work and I did not run for 6 days. By the time I started feeling better, my ankle was okay! So that’s one positive.
I took it easy this week running since I was still trying to get over the flu, I have stayed congested and I have had a little sore throat to date. I feel okay though except for carrying tissue with me. I ran four times this week, but only 3-4 miles per time. The last two runs I tried to keep a really good pace and felt good. So we will see how it goes.
There is a large hill (miles 5-10) and it is suppose to be hot (for me anyway). I like running in the 50s and I think about miles 20-26.2 it will be in the mid to high 60s. So not getting sick would have still made it tough to get a sub 4. With the ankle and still recovering from the flu, I suspect I will end up b/n 4 and 4:30 (large range).
I plan to start off and try to keep a pace to get in under 4, but Ii don’t feel great, I will just back off and try to “enjoy” the marathon. So my main goal is really going to be to run as much as possible. I only want to stop if (i) I have to use the bathroom or (ii) I need water refill. Other than that, I just want to run the 26.2 miles (even if I have to run slower than I would like).
It is amazing that soon I will have completed my third marathon (unless an injury prevents me). That is quite amazing when in June of 2008 it was so difficult to run even 1 mile.
I started running because my dad died of cancer in late 2007. He smoked. I did not smoke, but I was out of shape (232 pounds). I worked a lot (but never on my body). I never made time to work out. Though 7 or so years before I used to run (shorter distances and slow, but I stayed in shape). I decided that I was getting older and I need to focus on my health (not only on running/working out but on what I eat). I changed my diet and got in shape. I write this so that I can remember why running is important to me. It is part of being healthy.
I’m now going to be 40 years old soon and have a 3 month old daughter. Being healthy is important so that I can stay active with my daughter as she grows. I lost my dad (who was only 60) way too early because he did not take care of his health (by smoking). So running is not just a hobby, I have to remember. It is something I love to do, but it is about living a healthy life. And, to complete another marathon . . . regardless of the time . . . is something to be proud of. So I’m just going to try my best to enjoy the marathon and do the best I can.
Since this will be my first marathon as a father, here are some pictures of Brooklyn:
She is having fun in her favorite chair
Her first trip to the ocean:
Her feet touch the beach for the first time
In her other chair
Oh that’s not Brooklyn, Jenny what are you doing?