Below are a few pieces of advice and well wishes I have received in the past few days. It feels good to have so many friends rooting for you. (Some more serious than others) ;)
"Have a nice run.
Remember go out hard. You can't make up time."
"Good luck and good weather!
Remember NO sub 7:00 miles! Don't feel your splits must be perfect....keep telling yourself to save a little something for the last 5K!"
"Are you nice and relaxed? Every time you think about it you should do some deep breathing exercises and focus on relaxing your entire body and clearing your mind. Anytime you think about strategizing and micromanaging, you should say I will run a good race and then do this deep breathing. I am telling you that relaxing at this point is the BEST thing you can do to run a great race. It is right up there with hydrating, eating well, and sleeping well. Let go and have faith in yourself!"
"Your focus and discipline to training are inspiring...I hope you reap the rewards of your hard work this weekend!
Run smart, run fast and good luck!"
"yo! you all set for this weekend? I think it's great you're going back to the place where it all started a short 4 years ago. You should be proud of all you've accomplished in that time. Enjoy these last few days the best you can!"
Pretty much packed and ready to roll out for marathon number 14. Weather isn't looking promising, rain and 60s but I'll roll with it. I set up the blog to receive tracking updates so hopefully those will work and you'll know how it went before I have started partying afterwards. ;) Plan is to run with the 3:10 group as long as that feels groovy and see how the day plays out. I've definitely trained harder for this race than ever before so hopefully it pays off. No doubt it will be hard, but that's what marathoning is all about!
Thanks for all the well wishes and advice, it means a lot to me!