This memo is directed to the Body, The Legs and The Gut and all other body parts and organs that will be participating in tomorrow’s race:
Body, are you feeling primed? Legs, Are you feeling ready? Quads and Gut and Core, are you feeling like you can’t wait to undertake your seventh marathon? By this time tomorrow we will all be done and hopefully drinking the first of many post-marathon beers. But before we take off for Eugene, I wanted to talk with you about a few policies:
First, we will ignore the existence all physical anomalies between now and race start. They do NOT exist. All the stuff that feels OFF (I’m looking at you, Stomach!) is a result of a massive cut in mileage this past week, mind games and a lack of confidence. We are healthy. We are fit. We are trained. 26.2 miles ain’t got nothing on us.
Secondly, I hope you took notice of the Ethiopian Wondo coffee I drank this morning (freshly ground, made in an Italian coffee maker) Ethiopia has some very fast runners, so clearly, by drinking Ethopian coffee we will improve our time by about 30 seconds.
Lastly, Body. You have been amazingly resiliant through these months of training, the bike accident , etc. You have impressed me with not only your ability to rise to the challenge of training, but also with you ability to put away french fries like it’s going out of style. Let’s race, let’s have fun. Let’s do our best and let the time take care of itself.