David Pressgrove: Turnaround
The time has come. It is time to master the force.
OK, I’ll stop pretending that I know any quotes from Star Wars, but with the third movie out this week and my second-to-last column about the marathon due, I couldn’t help myself.
The force I’m trying to master is that of the final preparations for my attempt to break the three-hour barrier at the Steamboat Marathon. Actually the first plan is to finish. Then the plan is once that is secured, I’ll break three.
The race is three weekends away — June 5. After this weekend, if I’m not ready, I’m not going to get much more ready.
I’ve had setbacks — weather, sickness, laziness, just to name a few — but the past 10 days have been good.
Mentally I’ve gained confidence after losing most of it in late April because of sickness.
Tomorrow is the longest training run of the cycle. The plan is to go 22 miles on the marathon course.
If you see my byline in the paper next week, you’ll know that I survived.
Two weeks ago, I reached my goal of raising $500 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s research of Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you Craig. Now it’s my turn to come through.
If I can finish the 22-miler, I will have had runs of 13, 14, 16, 18 and 22 miles. That is a better body of work than I’ve had the past two years.
I’ve lost 17 pounds since I started training in January. Five of those pounds were shed the past two weeks. I knew once it warmed up, I’d trim the weight. My legs are thanking me for carrying less weight lately. Other than a few blood blisters from breaking in a new pair of shoes, my legs have felt good lately.
Now this is why I didn’t write columns that were too upbeat before. With this column I sound like I’m going to be on the front sports page of the Steamboat Today June 6 for winning the race.
That’s not going to happen. I think I’m at the point now where I’ll finish the race and be able to remember finishing. Thanks to all of the folks who have been checking up on me. It has been encouraging to know that you are interested in some geek trying to run a 26-mile race.
See you on the road.
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