I'm starting to have some flashes of FEAR about the Baltimore Marathon in two weeks. Yes, I respect the distance (after completing six marathons I can recall exactly what it feels like in those final awful miles) and that's exactly why I'm getting these scary twinges! You see, I've been terribly neglecting my long-long runs lately. I've had all these big plans for fourteen miles, sixteen miles, etc., and instead I've been getting in sixes, eights, and an occasional ten.
My total monthly mileage is on track for me, and my training paces are okay; I just haven't done the mega-long runs that I really need (and recommend to others!) to get myself truly prepared to tackle the marathon distance.
I'm hoping that my low-impact bike training and my swimming time has kept my long-duration aerobic fitness (such as it is) intact, and as long as my legs keep remembering how to do it after 10 or 12 miles, I think I'll be okay.
Baltimore is just my last long training fun run for New York anyway, right? Oh well, "to finish is to win", and if I don't make my 5:40 dream goal for the finish line, I've still got another eighty minutes (seven full hours) to finish the 26.2 miles on October 15.
I mean, how hard can it be? The most complicated thing about running is deciding whether to step with your left or right foot, correct? :-)
Left, right, left, right; repeat until the finish line occurs.