Sunday, April 16, 2006

Training Log Entry #35:Tomorrow's the day...

I'll admit it. I'm nervous. I'm not scared of the distance. I'm feeling the pressure of expectations; my own expectations. It's the reality that physically I'm primed to run my best marathon ever. I feel great. It's the realization that the weather gods appear to be cooperating as well. Forecast for lower to mid-50s. That's prime temperature for speed. The wind will be brisk, but from the north which means a cross wind. It's the reality that despite all that, the effort required for a PR will hurt. Cyclist Greg LeMond said, "It never feels better, you just get faster." That's the truth. Except for those truly rare and magical days, it's usually work, whether you're moving quickly or slowly. As a rowing coach I had a saying that I used with my crews, "Winning hurts as much as losing, only it feels better." Impatience will be my enemy tomorrow. I need to stick to a nice conservative program until I hit the double-digit miles and then I can adjust. If I'm moving with relative ease by the time I hit Wellesley College, it'll be time to set some goals. From there it's a matter of moving smoothly to mile 15, where you cross rte. 128 and start the Newton Hills (yes I consider the 128 bridge the first hill). If the motor is still running as I crest Heart Break around mile 21, it'll be time to put the hammer down. The next 5 miles could be a study in agony, but I pledge to give it all that's left. Tomorrow night I'll post the results. If you wish to follow on-line, I'm bib 3445. Use the athlete tracker (posted tomorrow) on the marathon website ( www.bostonmarathon.org ) .

The numbers:

3 nervous miles

Terrain: Asphalt/Concrete

YTD Mileage: 298.67
MTG (Miles to Goal): 901.33
M/R (Miles per run avg.): 8.53