Friday, October 07, 2005

Race Day, minus 2 and counting

Physically, I think that I’m ready for the marathon. I have done all the long walks and have done some of them at an altitude of 4,500’. I have no major aches or pains to contend with. Mentally; I am always nervous and filled with doubt before a marathon, or even a simple half-marathon. But that will go away as the day progresses. Last time, the 18 mile marker was the point where I suddenly “knew” that I would finish the race. Crossing the St. John’s Bridge and seeing downtown Portland from the heights above the Willamette River made it seem possible for the first time during the race. So I'm already looking forward to that long climb up the hill to the bridge...

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