First off, the goals. Yes, I have goals for this, even if I primarily am viewing it as a "training run."
- Goal A, of course, as always, is finish upright and smiling, grab my medal and my rose plant and skedaddle on home.
- Goal B is a little more ambitious, and involves me hitting the first 22 miles of this at NYC race pace, then letting the chips fall where they may for the last 4.2 miles, even if that means walking it in and scoring another 6+ hour effort.
- Goal C is that big one. My ever-elusive white whale (gawd, I hated that stupid book and still haven't read it all the way through): the 5:00 finish.
Meanwhile, I definitely want to give a shout out to all the people who have been supporting me throughout this journey, starting with my family. They've put up with me being absent on Sunday mornings while I meet up with friends for long runs, with me commandeering the last slices of wheat bread for my PB& honey sandwiches, with me being grumpy because I'm missing a run. Bottom line, I just couldn't do this without your love and patience and understanding - I couldn't.
I also want to thank all my friends who have walked or run with me in the last six months. I have gained so much energy and strength from each of you, and I really want to thank you for sharing the road, sidewalk and trails with me. And to my virtual friends, who have supported me and eased my doubts and shared my highs and lows, many, many thanks to all of you as well, especially for those of you who will be out on your own races tomorrow. Let's do this thing, shall we?