The race kit is picked up. The weather is being checked repeatedly. Carbs are being eaten. It must be the day before the marathon.
It hasn’t been the easiest of weeks. I was hit with a cold on Monday and have been exhausted ever since. My last run was Tuesday and while my legs felt pretty good my lungs most definitely did not. And now the forecast for tomorrow is both warmer and windier than I would have liked. I am reminded once again that in your preparation for a marathon there is only so much you can control.
I have found myself remembering back to the only other time I have run in Hamilton – the 2014 Around the Bay. My best memory of that day was the feeling of joy I felt as my body got moving. You can’t make that feeling happen, it is a gift. I’m hoping to have even just a small taste of that again tomorrow after taking so many days off.
As for time goals, when I started this training session I decided that I would be happy with anything under 4:30. I have played with specific numbers in my head, but right now I am letting those numbers go. I feel like they are weighing me down, without them I can travel lighter over tomorrow’s course. I think I am ready to take what comes.