We're on the home stretch now. Everything is in place, including the recycled blog title, with just eight days to complete four more runs before the Akron Marathon, including an eight-miler tonight.
Thankfully, nothing should intrude on these final runs. The schedule is more or less clear for the next week. Although it's too late to make any major improvements to my fitness, running is at long last the main focus.
I'll take this remaining time to work, not on the actual miles, but the mentality of running a marathon while severely undertrained. The weather forecast has improved and, if correct, will go a long way in making race day more enjoyable, with a high in the upper 60s and sunshine.
This year is all about racing for the fun of running. Being well as opposed to doing well. Running with the community rather than running against it.
Finding joy in my performance must come from a different source. The final number I see above me at the finish line won't be inspiring, but knowing that I gave my best with the least training I've ever had entering a marathon will provide some solace.
Wherein my fellow married readers help pump up my ego
Barefoot Josh knows where the real accomplishment resides: "A successful wedding is a way bigger accomplishment than just about anything achievable in the running world.
Re marathon, you know what to do. You'll be fine. Enjoy!"
Answer: Unless my wedding band cuts off my circulation and my finger falls off.
Jamoosh reminds me that a PR is in my forecast after all: "Regardless, it will be a 'Married' PR!"
Answer: As I've been told, a PR is a PR, lost finger or not.
Happy Hour is nearly upon us, teammates. Have a finely brewed weekend. Run well and drink well. Cheers!