Okay, it’s 10PM the night before the race. Time to get some sleep. But, one last bit of business…
I want to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement. The last 45 days have zoomed by for me (maybe not for my super wife who has put up with all my antics!). This has been fun. Finally, I want to thank everyone who has donated and helped support my fundraising for such a terrific organization. I’m proud that we could come together to help RMHC.
I’ve been traveling on Route 66 for the last couple of days, and have seen some great things. Not the least amongst them was the McD’s in Barstow, California. The dining area is composed of old railway cars. The exterior is really well done. If you are a real McDonald’s connoisseur, this is a “must see!”
I arrived in Arizona today. Just as advertised, sun shining and weather in the 80′s. After a trip to McD’s and a quick nap, I laced up my shoes for a short run. As I adjusted to being in warm weather and took in the desert surroundings, I began to think about the race on Sunday.
I thought about the shake costume. Will I get hot? What I am going to eat in the morning? Couple of hotcakes and an english muffin. How steep was the hill late in the race? I don’t remember. And so on it went.
Even after running 17 marathons, there are still questions before the race. Anxiety is still part of the pre-race ritual. After all, it is a marathon! 26.2 miles is nothing to take lightly. Early on, I learned a valuable lesson from a great runner — “Respect the distance.”
As I came back to reality and neared the end of today’s run, a different feeling took over — I can’t believe that I’m about to line up for my 18th marathon. I’ve run how many marathons?!
Guess the rituals and rewards of the marathon are part of what keeps me returning for more!
Only 14 days until LA! Very excited to be approaching the attempt at the record. Will be nice to get out of the cold and into the warm California sun. Hopefully it isn’t too warm, I don’t want to melt.
So this week I brought the mileage down per the plan, hitting 65 miles over 10 runs. My long run was 15 miles. I feel it is important to keep your body primed and efficient (the science says you can gain fitness up to the last 10 days before the marathon).
Next week will see another reduction in the overall mileage, and the long run. I will likely drop one of the runs as well to give my body more recovery. Speaking of recovery, I did have a massage today, which is a huge help.
Food highlight this week was the Reese’s McFlurry. I think the M&M McFlurry is next. It has been more than a month since I’ve had M&M’s. I consider M&M’s to be a food group. I’ve even thought about just ordering a small cup of M&M’s at McDonald’s, but my pride has prevented this so far. “Ah, I’m only eating McDonald’s for 45 days, and ah, I really like M&M’s…” Awkward.
Oh, I am scheduled to pick up my Shamrock Shake costume tomorrow. Really excited to see how it turns out. My 4-year-old is too!
As I continue to rack up more and more miles on the treadmill, I’m constantly looking for new documentaries to watch on Netflix. Yesterday I came across the movie “MY RUN” and knew I had found a winner.
The movie tells the remarkable story of 57-year-old Terry Hitchcock, a normal father attempting to do the extraordinary. In 1996, he decided to run 75 marathons in 75 days. Overweight, and having never even run a marathon before, Terry set off to achieve the impossible.