“ It’s a lifetime activity. It has a powerful impact on us—on how we feel, how we change ourselves physically and mentally. And then to go to a race and have people cheer for you, and run with your friends and family? We’re explorers. We see the country and then we go out and see the world. I really feel that running is a celebration of life.”
Mother nature wasn’t kind to me. I caught some of the bug that went around over the weekend. Although I never had it bad, it was enough to have me take it very easy over the past couple of days. I made a conscious choice to rest rather than use up my strength to get in a run that may or may not be worth it. I did run Tuesday but that was only for pacing purposes and it wasn’t that far either, a little over 3 miles. Last night I contemplated going to Bridge, but the windy conditions and the below 40 degree temps made me reconsider. So I decided to see what I can do for the rest of the week. Definitely running tonight. Friday and Saturday will be toss in the air in terms of how far I go. Not that I am wedded to any mileage number. Just want to start feeling like myself again.
So I guess I am fortunate I am feeling this way right now as opposed to say, Monday the 15th. But the focus has always been and continues to be to complete the marathon. What ever happens out there happens out there as long as I hit the mat, that is all I care about. As I have told other runners who are thinking about entering a marathon or are disappointed about their marathon times; no one can ever take away from you that you entered a marathon and if you finish a marathon you are a marathon finisher and that you can hang your hat on for the rest of your life, whether you ran it in 2:20 or 12 hours.
This running life began modestly with nary a thought to the idea of 26.2. I told this story some of the new runners at Nike Run Club. When I first started coming to Run Club I was maybe a year or two into the running life. My max distance at the time was about 6-8 miles with an occasional 9 throw in. It may have been my first or second time at Run Club and they were making announcements by Sherman’s statue (for those who are familiar with Niketown NY Run Club you know this). One of the pacers was singled out for just running a marathon. He ran it in 3 hours 20 minutes or so. My reaction at the time was; (a): Wow (b): Marathon? (c): No way could I ever do that
As time passed, things changed along with what could be done. A marathon became a reality. Really, I completed a marathon? Learning more and more, having the unbelievable support and push from friends, I became a better runner much better than I ever thought I could be. A couple of years back while talking Bruno, a pacer at the time with Nike, he said something to me that floored my whole notion of what I was capable of doing, he said I was capable of running at least a 3:10 marathon. That got my head spinning. That would put me in Boston qualifying range. Me a Boston qualifier? Is that even possible?
After miles and miles, more than a few buckets of sweat, and the faith of the friends who have been there for me through it all, here I am about 11 days away from running Boston.