I’ve got ants in my pants! I’m discombobulated! Fetch me a calmative! ~ Grandpa Simpson
Amazing how time flies when you are attempting to prepare for a big event. I hardly know where March went and now it is already closing in on the middle of April and in less than one week, the Boston Marathon!
Needless to say, I am getting quite excited about the event and have been doing a lot of research to better prepare myself for everything on Patriot’s Day in Boston. I still have some final preparations to accomplish but feel like I am in great shape and have teed myself up well to go for a sub-3 finish. We’ll see how things go on race day and I am still a bit anxious about that goal but to me, that means I picked a good one. If you aren’t a little scared about whether or not you can accomplish something, then you have set the bar too low.
The past week’s running has featured some ups and downs but at this point, I am aware that is part of the game and am generally feeling pretty sharp. Tapering is always a little wonky and I do it so infrequently that all the little changes and adaptations one goes through just feel weird at this point. I am trusting Mark Plaatjes’ plan at this point, however and feel that if anyone knows how to run a fast marathon, it’s him. One more “hard” run tomorrow then we coast in to Sunday where I’ll do a standard pre-race run then get my race on Monday the 18th.
A lot of people have asked about how to follow me during the race. There are a number of options available including following online, via text messaging, and you may even be able to stream the event live online or watch on TV if you are interested in seeing how the elites do. I am bib #5135 and will be starting in Wave 1. I am in the 6th corral for the start so probably won’t cross the start line until around 10:03 but if you are following online, you should see my chip time at the 10K, half, 30K and Finish. I’ll have final details about my target times for each of these later in the week.
So the countdown continues… more to come!