|this mornings shake out run near the finish|
Well there went my final 3 mile taper run this morning. Nice and easy pace with a couple of strides to close off this taper week and 14 weeks of this training cycle. Since December 10, 2012 when I committed to make the Asics LA Marathon my goal race, I have not only been focused but physically have also worked as hard as I possibly could to achieve my ultimate goal of hitting a PR and earning the letters BQ next to my name. During the last 14 weeks, I was challenged but also grew as a runner. Logging 1032.61 miles gave me time to think and realize how beautiful this running thing is. It also gave me a better sense of working for my goal. Putting the work in each and every day through this past training cycle, I without a doubt left no questions unanswered and no stones unturned. Yes, even tomorrow there is a bit of chance that comes into play on race day, but I left that bit of chance to the smallest amount possible.
14 weeks worth of tempo runs, interval workouts, long runs and recovery runs have brought me to where I am today, less than 24 hours before gun time. Going into the Asics LA Marathon, I have never been more confident going into any single race. Just the other day I posted the following in my personal Facebook wall:
No matter what the day brings on Sunday morning, I know I have put the work in during this training cycle and focused only on the things that I can control up to this point.”