I still don't think it's quite sunk in yet. I've been so laid back about running a second marathon this year. In fact, I probably haven't trained as well in between races as I originally intended... but I got some good long runs in and know that I'm capable of going the distance on Saturday.
Will it be a new PR? Who knows... I'm not really setting any goals or making any expectations for myself. I had a hell of a race in Chicago, and I'm not going to be upset if I don't top it. I am not really trying to top it.
Rocket City is a small marathon with 1500 runners. Huntsville is nothing spectacular to run around. It's going to be chilly, and as of right now there's a 70% chance of rain.
But I will be starting the race with 3 Nashville friends. I will run 26.2. And I will feel fantastic about completing another marathon regardless of what the finish line clock says when I get there.
Maybe I'll feel great and pull out a PR. Maybe I'll stay relaxed and have fun running with friends. Maybe it will suck. Who knows.
But I don't mind waiting to see how it goes. A marathon is a marathon, and I'm thrilled to be able to run another one. We'll see what happens when I get out there.
Since it's such a small race there isn't any runner tracking, but you'll probably be able to look up the results at the Rocket City website before I get to a computer to post them.
By the way... I know this might be way too much info... but I have to say it. You know you're a marathon runner when you find yourself getting pumped in the days before a marathon because you realize you've gotten your #2 bathroom schedule so that it's happening in the afternoons and therefore you have a good chance of getting through the marathon without having to go. :)
Hope everyone has a terrific weekend whether you're racing or hitting up Christmas parties. I'll see you all again on the other side of my sixth marathon!