My first concern is my wife. The race is Sept. 28, and our bundle of life change is due in the first half of October. Mrs. Viper usually watches me finish, and she will be set to pop. What if something happens while out there on the course?
My second concern is myself. I haven't run a marathon since 2011, when I set my
Right now, I should be laying down a good base for marathon training, but we all know that's not happening. While my running has picked up in recent weeks, it's nowhere near base training levels.
The thought of ramping up to 50 miles per week seems incredibly daunting. The fear of failure fills me with doubt.
There are a number of reasons why I want to run the Akron Marathon again:
- Marking personal milestones
- A sense of triumphant return
- Because it's a great event
But I'll need to make running a priority if it's going to happen. I don't want to sacrifice the limited time my wife and I have left as non-parents.
Taking on the marathon again may require me to do something I've never succeeded at doing: becoming a morning runner. Egads! Not that! It may be my only hope.