This training cycle has been different for me than my previous 6 marathon cycles*:
- It's my first full cycle as a member of the working world.
- It's the first time I used a 12 week training plan instead of an 18 week plan.
- It's the first time I've been "injured" during training.
Originally I was hoping a PR might be in the cards for Monday, but the current weather reports are not looking promising, calling for highs in the 80s. (My guess, this is nature's payback for our mild winter!) That means it's time to start rethinking my goals and expectations.
Above all else, I want to enjoy my experience Monday. This will be my third trip from Hopkinton to Boston and I want this time to be just as enjoyable as the first two. One thing I don't want is to seriously blow-up in the second half. I haven't decided on my exact strategy yet--that may have to wait until Monday morning--but I can tell you that I'm going to come back with a finisher's medal, a big smile, and, hopefully, an entertaining race report.
Let me also take this opportunity to thank all my readers from the first fourth months of my blog. With any luck this will be merely the first of many training cycles I document on this site.
All right, wish me luck! I'll be back in Harlem on Tuesday.______________
*I've run 7 marathons, but New York was so close to Chicago the two didn't get separate training cycles.