I am but (less than) a week before my third marathon, and it doesn't look like it is going to be canceled like last time.
The week before these things is usually if-fy. Do I start slacking off? Stop going to the gym everyday? Eat more/less? Weight train? And then there's the multiple weather.com queries. Showers on marathon day? Never happened before, although there's a first time for everything. Will it be bad?
This time around, I am a lot calmer than usual because I really think this marathon is only one of many things resting on my proverbial plate right now. Running is but a hobby, and whether or not I do better or worse than other people is not a concern of mine. I'm 23 years old and will have done 3 marathons and 11 half-marathons come Sunday. So I should remove pressure and stop comparing myself to other people, right??
Oh yeah, and I was encouraged to raise money for Public Counsel again, though by the time they got to me, it was really too late to pull my act together in my opinion. I've raised a whole $10 so far, though each $1 renders $16 of free legal services to the abused, elderly, disabled, and those who otherwise would not be able to afford it, so YAY! I was just told by our law department that I can join their team, so "The Ukrainian" and I will get to fuel up at their booth post-race. Either way, by posting about Public Counsel, I hope I spread just a little awareness and do my part that way.
NOTE: If you comment on this post, I'd appreciate it if you'd *holla' at my boy* (a phrase they use in hip-hop that I'm using quite literally), "The Ukrainian," as he sets off to run his first marathon (finally) this Sunday! Not that he needs luck, as he's done three half-marathons so far and PR-ed at 1:42, but still...