4:20AM on race morning. It's mixed emotions. I went to the Dr. last Thursday and he said I have a Stress Reaction which is the precursor to a Stress Fracture. He said I'm okay to run the race but not to do any running until then (I haven't). He also said I need to listen to my body. If it keeps getting worse and worse I need to pull out of the race. So, since I haven't run in nearly 2 weeks and the pain level is unknown, I am nervous. But I'm also really excited. The energy of race day and approx 7,000 people gathering together to go after something is so amazing. Everybody has a story. I joined a pace team which means there is a leader who is a very experienced runner and if I stick with him there is a really good chance of qualifying for Boston. "If I stick with him" is the key phrase there. Assuming my leg holds up, I think the test will come between mile 20-26.2.
Peoples support means so much...especially the wives. Sal and Linds are driving us down there at 5AM.
I'm going to finish my cup of coffee, eat a banana and peanut butter and head to the race. Just like my mom always said..."just do your best." I intend to and I also plan to leave it all on the course this morning. God Speed!!!!!