Final Race Day Preparations For The Rock N Roll Vegas Marathon.
I woke up this morning feeling very fresh which is surprising considering the cocktail I had on Fremont Street.
I’m so glad I made the decision to stay in last night. I went to Walgreen’s for some pasta salad and the Strip was hatefully packed full of the guys with ‘ORGASIM CLINIC’ (sic) shirts on that give out cards for escorts.
I wanted to sprint at them and yell ‘do I look like a man that is sexually frustrated?!?’
To compound my inner tension, the UFC was on in the MGM Grand so the town was packed with both skinny runners and angry frat guys with man tits.
It dawned on me that I look more like a UFC fan than a runner.
The last thing I want on the night before a marathon is to be grappled to the ground by a hairy man from Oklahoma who has finally spotted someone in his weight class.
I spent most of the evening pacing around my hotel room, taking turns at gazing out at this view.
For the past few hours I’ve been fuelling up with peanut butter based snacks and some Slim Jim’s. The best part of this being an evening race is that I have time to prepare for it.
I’m taking my time and enjoying my food.
Which reminds me. I bought a spicy footlong Slim Jim last night from the Stratosphere gift shop. I got to the counter and the store lady asked ‘You do know that’s for something, hun?’
I took a look at the wand shaped snack and became paranoid that she was implying that I was gonna stick it right up my hole.
I was mistaken. She said four not for.
It turns out the item cost $4.29 and she was only warning me that I was clearly being ripped off.
I bought it anyway and it was delicious.
Back to race preparation. I’m very relaxed about today. My body is feeling quite strong. The mental tension is there but it isn’t something to be feared. It will help me through the difficult miles.
I think that I’m capable of a personal best time but I’m just going out to have a good time. I would really love to run a negative split but I don’t know how realistic that is.
I will try to hold a 9:45 min/mile for as long as possible and hope for the best.
In the meantime I’m watching the American Grand Prix and listening to the helicopters outside buzzing around the Strip.
Fucking brilliant atmosphere!
Today and tonight will be amazing. If today can be amazing then I will have proved to myself that I no longer need to be concerned for the future.
The future is largely what you make it. If you live life with your nose pointing downwards all of the time then you’ll crash at some point.
To stay in the air you have to cruise. And I cruise in my own way with cocktails, cake and lots of running. It isn’t the best way to live but it is my way to live. The important thing is finding your own balance and seeing what works for you.
You don’t have to be a salad freak to be healthier than you once were.
I’m giving up on negativity and giving into peanut butter bliss!
T minus 4:30 hours until the marathon starts.
I can’t wait.