Hey there everyone.
Good news, I’m in Boston. Bad news…There’s no bad news brotha! I’m fit, happy and ready to roll. Life is good. Gonna just have a quick little pre-race post here.
First and foremost. Shout out to the UVA distance squad and the steeple crew! Whilst I was down in Charlottesville I got the opportunity to hang out with the UVA team and I even kinda helped a bit with the steelple kids. Remember folks, back in the old days I was a half decent steepler! I was helping them with hurdling and such. But hurdling was not exactly my strong suit in the steeple game. So my coaching approach was to essentially take all the advice Alex Genest gave me over the years and pass it on. Alex is a sick, sick hurdler, I miss my French friend, hope he’s doing well. Anyways, great group of kids there rolling for the Cavaliers, good stuff.
Let’s get to business. So here I am in Boston! I survived the training camp. It was hard, it was intense and it was a grind. But I made it through and I am as fit as I’ve ever been. I absolutely cannot wait to get after it Monday. People keeping asking about my goals, so I figure I’ll put em’ out there. From the very start my goal was top 10, first and foremost I wanna be top 10. Time? Not to concerned about it. I already have a time for the world champs, and this course is not eligible for Canadian records or carding stuff. I just wanna get out and race, this excites me. Every other marathon I have run has been 100% about time, this one is 100% about competing hard, and If I hit my goal of top 10 then I think the time will sort its self out.
I ran the last 10miles of the course yesterday, wanted to get a sense of what these hills were all about. They didn’t seem to daunting, But next time I see them I’ll have 16miles of hard ass running in my legs, they are gonna hurt! Beauty course though. Had to wear my Garmin to make sure I didn’t go fast, because getting out there on the actual course sure did get the blood pumping had to hold back and just jog along at 6:45mile pace.
This morning we had some press stuff. Needless to say, in this caliber field here I was not in high demand! but I got to meet Bill Rodgers and Steve Jones, so it was an awesome morning. These are two of my favourite all time runners. I just love those old school guys, just tough as nails. These dudes did not give a shit, they just ran hard, and they ran fast. Beauties! I heard that Rob De Castella may be kicking around here somewhere also, I gotta meet him That guy was rad as hell.
Hey folks, just wanted to say thanks for sticking around and continuing to show your support and love over the past few months whilst I was slow and fat. I think Monday is gonna be a fun day, thanks for sharing the ride with me!