There is a section of Clinch Avenue that I ran today that is very significant to the marathon. It’s the first 1/2 mile of the start of the marathon AND it’s about 1/4 of a mile of the last mile in the marathon. And so I have been running this section in preparation for starting and stopping the marathon. And I will be honest, I have been visualizing myself running the last 50 yard on the field in Neyland Stadium to a sub-4 hour time! But I wanted to visualize what the start would be like and how the finish is laid out so that I can be mentally prepared for the last hills.
What got me today was the GREEN ARROW that was spray painted on the road to signify part of the marathon course. I was very excited because it brought a sense of realism to the race. Last year, the Knoxville Marathon bulletin board was very very busy with a core group of us doing the posting and towards the end, the number of people increased. By this time last year, I knew that I was not running due to pneumonia and had come to terms with that decision. This year, the style of the marathon board does not lend itself to ease of use… I prefer the other style better. So, without the excitement of the bulletin board, I have not been as excited as I could have been. The marathon is getting more attention from the media and so that has been nice and I have been asked if I was running, etc.
I haven’t been as anxious during this taper about my running. I think because of the foot injury, I have actually welcomed the reduced mileage as I have gotten over the big mileage runs. What now to ponder is the weather. Thursday should be the first day that weather will have a 10 day forecast available. I think accuweather has a 14 day forecast, but neither one is going to be accurate until the week of the race.
So, my marathon excitement is growing… I better figure out what I am going to wear!