There are a bajillion thoughts that go through your head while you are tapering for a marathon.
Most of them are the result of a little known condition commonly known as “Marathonirritationitis“.
Until you are in the grips of it you are apt to think something like “Oh, it can’t be that bad!” And, until you are in the grips of it, you would be WRONG!
WRONG Mister! Just WRONG!
The opposite of right.
Everything that is not ‘correct’. That would be you. Y-O-U. But not me. Never me.
So… Yeah… I’ve been around.
And I’ve been running/training.
And I haven’t written here in a ridiculously long amount of time.
I spent some (Read: Way Too Much) time trying to figure out “Why“ exactly I wasn’t writing about this whole Marathon Training thing I’ve been doing.
Writing is my ‘thing’. It’s how I process – and by ‘process’ I mean ‘deal with’ – life. It’s what I do.
Yet I have avoided that very ‘thing’ that ‘process’, my ‘deal with’ about what is arguably one of the single most significant events of my life.
And you want to know why?
Let me tell you.
One word: Fear.
Everything was going ‘too good’.
The Really Long Training Runs went good – mostly – and even the bad ones weren’t horrible. They were merely challenging. And the week after The Really Hard Ones would come a Really Long Training Run that went so much better than I would have ever imagined on the whole, let alone in light of the previous Long Training Run.
So I stopped writing about ‘it’.
And ‘it’ became ‘them’ and before you knew it a superstition was born!
If you write about it, it will fail!
Yet here I am, less than four days from The Day – Marathon Day.
Here I am Less Than Four Days from Marathon Day.
And I started this post with a thought in mind. Thought #4,365 to be precise.
Which was . . .
And this is what happens The Week Before A Marathon.
Your brain gets eaten.
You develop the attention span of a gnat on crack for anything that isn’t directly relate to Race Day.
Or The Weather on Race Day.
Or What You’re Going to Wear on Race Day based on The Race Day Weather Forecast.
In short: You become self-absorbed and single-minded and boring.
So “Thought #4,365” essentially becomes about The Marathon.
Your First Marathon.
MY First Marathon.
I’m running A Marathon!!