Friday, September 22, 2006

Four in the Morning

This weekend, four is the magic number.

Sunday will begin at four in the morning, when I wake up to prepare for The Fox Cities Marathon. A bagel with eggs and around 20 ounces of Fierce Grape Gatorade will serve as breakfast. It is exactly what I've had for breakfast prior to every other long race. After stretching and "zoning out" for a bit, I'll head out the door for the finish line.

From the finish line, I'll catch the bus to the start of my fourth full marathon. In 2003, I ran this race as my first marathon. In 2004, I completed the Green Bay Marathon (and set my marathon PR). And in 2005, I ran the Chicago Marathon in honor of a cancer survivor. That race tested my will, as it pitted a 103F fever against completing the race for my friend. My fourth race gives me the opportunity to see how far I've come since that first marathon distance event, which seems so far in the past.

This is also the race where I hope to break the 4-hour mark. This pace, originally targeted in Chicago, was abandoned and replaced with the primary goal of "survive." Once the 4-hour mark is shattered, sights will be set on Boston and shaving an additional 45 minutes off the run.

So, four is the magic number. After a 4 a.m. wakeup, I will run my fourth marathon, in pursuit of a 4-hour PR. This would all be so much easier if six was the magic number.

9 comments:

Flatman said...

Have a great race!

nancytoby said...

Good luck, Pol! We'll be looking forward to that sub-4 race report!!

Baun said...

Best of luck in the marathon! Sounds like you're ready and able for a sub-4!

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emily said...

Hmm, I think you better eat FOUR eggs sunday morning just to be on the safe side. Have an awesome race!

Hak said...

Have a great race! Figuring in the time zone difference between, I think we'll be on our respective courses about the same time.

Run like the wind!

hak

TriBoomer said...

Pol,

Go get you some PR lovin'!

Stay tuned...

Veeg said...

There are, of course, no sure things. But I KNOW that you will smoke this race.

Can't wait to hear the report!

a.maria said...

heyyyy, 4 is my favorite number! seems as though it worked wonders for you!!!! :)