Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Letter to the Running Gods

Dear Sirs (or Madaams),

Are you trying to get my attention? Are you trying to convince me that running the New York City Marathon next week may not be such a great idea for me? Or are you sending me through the gauntlet to test my will and fortitude before you give me your blessings for a good race on Sunday? Hmmm…how will I know?

To say I’ve had a tough taper week would be an understatement. First there was the hospital workload, which has been more intense and exhausting than I’ve ever remembered. Then there was the sudden cold temperatures which has thwarted my efforts from even getting a run in during the mornings (I am deathly afraid of running in cold temperatures!). Oh yeah, there is the issue of pain at the bottom of my right foot, which although isn’t excruciating anymore, is still quite mysterious in its onset and disappearance during my runs this week. And as if that weren’t enough to worry me, I banged my left kneecap hard against some metal theaters seats when I went to the movies last night. Now it’s bruised, a bit swollen, and somewhat noticeable to those around me. Yikes! I thought about going outside for a short purgatory run to flush out the negativity and retest the engine, but of course, it’s raining and wet outside, so it’s a no go for that. All I’m left with is writing you this letter to help me decide whether this marathon gig really was meant to be for me.

Can you please help me figure it all out? Can you send me an ephemeral sign of some sort or maybe one of your running angel messengers because I’m totally confused. Was it all not just yesterday when you woke me up and got me out the door before the sun did and convinced me to run my 5 mile tempo run at a blistering 6:19 min/mi even as I was doubting my abilities to run in the cold? I felt so reinvigorated by that run when I found out afterwards that it was the fastest Central Park loop I’d ever run in training. And did you not guide my hand in picking the perfect marathon shoes (blazer blue Asics GT-2140) at the running store afterwards? Both the salesman and my friend who I met on the street afterwards said it looked so perfect for me. I had thought it was a sign from you that everything was starting to come together. Now, after injure myself further and watching the raindrops pitter patter against the same pavement that I'm supposed to be running on, I'm not so sure anymore.

So if you really do want me not to run, I only ask that you deliver your sentence as swiftly as possible. There’s plenty of pre-marathon festivities planned for this week and I’d hate to waste my time on those if I’m not lining up at the start in Staten Island on Sunday. Thanks so much in advance. And even if it doesn’t work out for me, I hope you continue to bless those who will be running and give them quick feet and good running weather all the way through the five boroughs.

Yours,

Laminator

P.S. If I don’t hear from anyone who claims to be a running god, or in lieu of one, is it safe to assume that it’s okay for me to run? Cool. Just checking.

13 comments:

Laura said...

Lam, sorry to hear about all the difficulties! I've had a rough day today and I'm pretty concerned about my marathon tomorrow, if it's any consolation :( In any case, I hope things ease up and that your foot gets better!

joyRuN said...

I have a hat that proclaims me to be a "Running Goddess". I make my 5-year old wear the hat that announces "Running God".

Me & my deity offspring proclaim that you have the tapering jitters & that you'll be lining up in Staten Island.

Enjoy the festivities!

Julianne said...

I just said a quick prayer to the Running God and he said you're totally cleared to run. He was just testing your strength and will for next weekend. ;-)

Run For Life said...

I think perhaps those raindrops are just washing away that negativity to help prep the pavement for the 26.2 mile journey you and thousands of others will take next week. A great tempo run and Blazer Blue shoes sound like good signs to me!

Frayed Laces said...

I can't believe I'm actually bringing my past band-nerdness into this...but...
In High School, my director was nervous if we had a good practice week before a competition. If we had a sucky practice week, he was elated.

I still think about that when things fall to shit before a big event.

Chin up, bucko. Keep it together so I can guarantee to see you in LV!

Laura said...

Lam, the Poland Springs Marathon Kickoff was my very first NYRR race! I wish I could be there to run it. Hope you have a blast volunteering :)

D10 said...

Why does taper bring so many doubts? You are ready. You have worked hard. Maybe the rain fell to give you an extra day to rest the foot! The Running Gods are making sure you are well rested for a fabulous race!

Xenia said...

You should be just fine. The running gods seem to have focused their ire on me now. You're all set for next week.

Rock the marathon, my friend.

runner26 said...

I hate that feeling! I can't give you an answer or suggest that I know what's best for you, but hopefully you will figure it out in due time.

Andrew is getting fit said...

You'll be fine. Rock that marathon!

*aron* said...

hope everything clears up soon and you can relax a bit this week!!! tapering just can make us crazy but you are SO ready for this race!

sRod said...

Any response so far?

Reluctant Runner said...

The taper is hell, isn't it? Though it sounds like you worked through it, based on your follow up post.

A friend of mine has dubbed the running god(dess) Athletica. I pray to her regularly...

 
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