Well, well, well.
For all that I haven’t really discussed running in-depth, on the blog for the past three months, this week we will probably talk about it every day. Make up for lost time and all of that.
I was going to carry this secret with me through Sunday (or maybe Saturday night). But I think I need to call in all of my chits. Especially since right now I’m battling a nasty-something that I’m praying does not move into my chest.
Since getting on the bus at Grandma’s I have spent thousands of dollars on physical therapy and hours trying to figure out how to Keep It From Happening Again. “It” being the exotic potpourri of tendonitis and plantar fascia/nerve issues that I managed to amass at Grandma’s. Which is really great because we still don’t really know why I was struck down in the first place.
Some mysteries are not meant to be solved.
I have biked 1,357.82 miles, logged five 50+ mile rides and run 104.1 miles.
There is nothing on the internet about bike training for a marathon. There are dozens of people who say it is possible, but no “real” plan. So I’ve done the best I could to patch together something that would deliver me to the start line of the Twin Cities Marathon.
On October 7th, I will either cross a finish line or I will undo everything.
I’ve asked myself probably hundreds of times since June why I insist on choosing the marathon as my race. I could become a perfectly fast half-marathoner. I could choose the sunlight’s shadow and press myself into the mold of a sprinter and champion the 5k.
To what end have I chosen 26.2 miles as the distance that defines me?
What do I prove to myself by running for over four hours that I cannot by running for just one?
Running fills in all of my cracks. It is unselfconscious. It forces me to relinquish control, try harder and want more than rational thought dictates I should be allowed to ever dream of. It forces me to confront my true self, removes the boundary between life and living presently.
It is my joy.
And with that, I suppose it’s time to start recruiting for The Running Pack in The Sky. On October 7th, I’ll be out from some time between 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (CST). Who is with me?