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Tonight I am running a marathon.
No, literally, I am running the Around the Lake Marathon tonight, starting at 7PM. If you are in the Wakefield, MA area this evening, please feel free to come out and cheer.
I have never in the last 21 month of marathon running felt more unprepared.
How unprepared am I? Let’s go by the numbers:
If I had stuck with my 12 (week)/70 (mile peak) plan, these are the weekly miles I would have run:
55/59/62/66/59/70/70/64/70/57/44/28 for a grand total of 704 miles of training.
If I had stuck with my fall back 12/55 plan, these are the weekly miles I would have run:
35/39/43/48/42/48/55/49/52/43/32/22 for a total of 508 miles.
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Here are the actual miles I ran:
54/51/47/42/30/7/32/32/15/30/28/4 for the mighty sum of 372 miles.
Not pretty is it. That’s close to only half of what I originally planned on running. In addition, you’ll notice the downward trend in mileage over the last, well, um, during the entire training cycle. I had some motivational issues to be sure, but there were some weeks marred by either injury or life simply getting in the way (it happens). Still, I have never felt so unprepared for a 26.2 miles race. Even in my first marathon I had the advantage of not knowing what it was I was getting into.
But you want to know something funny? I’m ok. In fact, I feel at peace with the fact that I am way undertrained for this race. There’s no reason really. Maybe it’s the fact that this is my 7th marathon in 21 month, maybe it’s that I feel somewhat rested (though heavier with the lack of miles), maybe it’s that I’ve set my Garmin to beep if I start going too fast (avoiding the debacle of Boston 2011), or maybe it’s just the cumulative effect of repeated endorphin highs…I don’t know.
Am I worried? A little to be sure. But I don’t have the nervousness I’ve had before every other marathon (who am I kidding, before every other race!!!), that awesome/awful feeling in the pit of my stomach.
What will happen tonight?
I don’t know.
All I know is I’m running a marathon, I’m totally unprepared, and I’m totally fine with that.