Monday, February 7, 2011
Taper Madness and a Day of Reckoning
It's hard to believe, but I'm less than 6 days away from toeing the line at the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham. It's strange how I've come to this place in my race preparation, and I find myself feeling...well, different about the upcoming race this Sunday.
I don't have anything to lose by going for broke on race day. I've already set a PR this season, and if I fail miserably on Sunday, I can live with it. But, I don't handle failing very well, and I really (and I mean REALLY) want a sub 3:40:00. I think that is the thing that keeps coming back to me; HOW badly do I want it, and how much suffering am I willing to endure to get it?
Right now, I'm willing to endure a lot. I'm trying to get my "A game" mindset rolling, and my body will follow along with it. But for the first time in a couple of years, I am finding myself confronting the fact that my desired goal is going to cost me something. Since I don't run races for "fun", each one has to be at full effort. And for me, I know confidence is going to be absolutely crucial this time around.
CASH or CRASH...
I'm going to achieve one of the two in stellar fashion.