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And I don't mind saying I am a bit nervous.
The thing which worries me most is the weather or the unpredictability of it. The AOR was run last year on what is one of the best times of the year to run such a race - late Spring in south central Pennsylvania onto DC. Of course, this weekend was the same weekend of my infamous meltdown at the Kentucky Derby marathon.
If the repeat were to happen (highly unlikely) I know I would be in some trouble. But these are the things one must prepare for - the unlikely or unexpected (although, if you prepare for the unexpected is it unexpected?) Either way, I am starting to get excited. With my Rocky Raccoon 50 mile race in two weeks and my attempt at completing my first full 100 miles (in very fast fashion) on the horizon in March, I have the ability to test myself with the higher mileage races.
And that is what this challenge is about: testing the unknown. if i knew I could do it, the challenge would be less daunting. When people ask me if I am going to do the 52 Marathons in 52 weekends again, I first try to shake the dumbfounded look off my face and then tell them there is no reason. Half of the point of me doing it in the first place was I had no idea if it were possible to run that many marathon consecutively at the speed I ran them. Now that I know, it is time for bigger challenges. Like 204 miles all at once.
Bring it on.