I’ve been running strong and I’m just about to reach that mile 22 marker… I glance at my watch and see that I am exactly where I need to be with only 4 miles to go. I’ve stuck to my race plan and it has brought me to the point where I think “I’ve got this. All the hard work. All the training and time I put in to get me here… I’ve got this.”  That thought gives me chills.

I’ve had this vision pop into my mind occasionally towards the end of my training runs. I’m usually about 1-2 miles away from the end of my training run and I envision looking down at my watch and doing the math for the last 4 miles… this thought runs through my mind and I’m instantly overcome with chills of what that moment will feel like. I’m happy, excited, relived, and overwhelmed all at the same time.

It’s happened in my mind already a few times over the training cycle. I try to block out the “other” feeling, the opposite of the above feeling. I’ve done my best to try to overcome the doubt by sticking to my training plan and if I hit an obstacle, get back after it the following day. It’s Phoenix Marathon race week and only time will tell if that moment happens this weekend.

My Last Marathon

(not my last, LAST…  but my previous. Don’t freak out.)

It’s been over 3 months since my last marathon — the NYC Marathon. I was running with Team ASICS and recording my journey and trying to share “what a marathon feels like.” The video did a soft launch and I’m happy to share it with you below. I’ll most likely be doing more with all the footage that was recorded, but here is the edited version that ASICS put together.

Those chills that I mention above happen, but in a different way. I’m overcome with trying to record how the two special women in my life (wifey and the first lady) have supported my journey, trying not cry, knowing it’s okay to cry, but also having to run 2 more miles. Hope you enjoy it.

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Later this week I’ll be sharing my race goals, running playlists, more details about ALL the madness that is going to happen. There is a preview of the fun stuff lined up below.

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Thanks for all the support along the way. I’m looking forward to that starting line… and slightly terrified as well, but that’s normal.

Do you envision finish line glory while training?