Adherence to my training schedule has suddenly gone to heck in a fanny pack. Last week's plan called for an 8-miler that never happened, and I haven't run this week yet. With the wedding Saturday, there isn't much time to spare.
Friday morning, the Martini is joining me for my only 20-miler of this training cycle. My mantra for the Akron Marathon is "survive." My plan also calls for 10-mile run tomorrow, and then I was supposed to fit in two other short runs that may not make the cut.
At this point, I'm just hoping to complete my long runs. This is already destined to be an ugly race timewise, but that doesn't mean it has to be an ugly time. If I ran only for the clock, I'd just be a glutton for punishment.
Over the past couple years, I've made a concerted effort to focus on having fun despite my finish time. That's not too hard when you set PRs in the process. The challenge of having fun while running my slowest race time will be much harder to overcome.
I can't deny my competitive spirit, but I've learned that speed is relative. Fast for me, isn't necessarily fast for you. And fast last year was faster than 2009. All I can do is strive to run my fastest for 2011. And if I can do that and have a smile on my face after the race, then we'll call that success.