Gotta love the week before a goal marathon - your training is done, you're running minimal mileage just to keep sane, and yet you can't help but look back and over analyze your training. Ah, the "Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda" of tapering...
On Sunday, I'll be running the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA. My training has been good, but not stellar. I'm strong, but not fast. I'm heavier than my ideal racing weight. I haven't been drinking the official race drink during training runs. I didn't get up 3 hours earlier for my long runs, testing my breakfast choices. My race clothes aren't already packed up, my Luna Moons aren't already in the bag.
But I am ready. More than ready, I'm excited! It's a new race for me, which is always fun. It's a small race with just over 2000 runners, an assistant race director who sends out the FUNNIEST email updates, and a reputation for being fast (the race, not the asst. race director).
It'd be great if Steamtown yields a PR. But as long as I cross the finish line with a good story, 26.2 miles of memories and a smile on my face I will consider the race a success.
Now if only I could figure out where to eat the night before, and what my post- marathon treat will be. Suggestions?