Well, technically it was yesterday but today is the day I realized that I truly am nuts.
I've signed up for the Eugene Marathon on May 2, 2010.
What am I thinking?
I was paying bills last night so since prices were going to be going up today I decided to go ahead and register. I don't know why it took more than 12 hours after that for it to sink in but crazy people don't make much sense anyway, do they?
It really hit me when I pulled up the list of last year's participants. I wanted to see how long it took people in the bottom rung. The course closes after seven hours, so that is one of marathon goals: Finish in seven hours. There were a lot of people in the sixes, and some in the sevens. I don't know if the seven hour limit was in place last year also, although no one went up to eight. That's still no more than a 17 minute mile, y'all. For 26.2 miles. In a row.
What am I thinking?
I guess I'm thinking I can do it. I'm going to have to believe I can do it in order to do it so officially, here goes: I can do this. I can complete the Eugene Marathon. Short of some sort of medical issue (and I have none that I know about), I will complete the Eugene Marathon.
Whatever I was thinking that got me into all of this in the first place (that's all kind of a mystery in itself), I know what I will be thinking until after 2:00 p.m. on May 2, 2010. At 2:01 p.m. on May 2, 2010, I may be wondering why the paramedics are being so stingy with the good drugs, but that's just speculative. For now, I can do this.
My marathon goal is to cross the finish line in seven hours without dying. I can die after I cross the finish line. Falling down dead on the finish line would also be acceptable as long as it counts as finishing.
When I signed up, it asks for your estimated time of completion. I put down 6:30. I was feeling optimistic. But seven hours is when the course closes and then they drive you back to the finish line if you're still out there. I refuse to set a target goal of anything under seven hours, even 6:59:59.
If I were going to set another goal, it would be to finish in front of one other person. I don't care who that is, I'd just rather not be last. This is more of a secondary, all the stars have aligned and the gods have smiled sort of a goal. It might spur me to a last great surge of energy to the finish line if it is between me and that other person. If it doesn't, that's okay too: I've got to have a goal for the next marathon, right?
Yeah. What am I thinking?