In the final days leading up to the Cleveland Marathon I am more excited for you than I am for myself. I already had my opportunity to cross the finish line after running 26.2 miles, and yes, while it did not go the way that I had planned I was still able to call myself a marathoner in the end.
This time, it is all about you.
I have people who I will be dedicating my miles to on Sunday, friends, family, myself and others that I do not even know but the most important person on that list is you.
I wish that I was fast enough to be able to run the entire 26.2 miles with you, because I know that it is going to be an amazing experience for you. Yes, as with all races, there will be challenges and hurdles that you will have to cross, but I know you can do it.
You are stronger now than you were 7 months ago. I have seen you run 20-21 miles, and in the end you look like you could just keep on going. You HAVE 26.2 miles in you, and you are going to conquer it.
I often ask you what you think about while you run, and you tell me nothing. I hope that during the hard times of the marathon that you think of yourself and all of the hard work that you have put into your training.
We woke up early, we went out in the snow and ice and ran mile upon mile. You did a duathlon and then crushed your half marathon PR the next day. If that doesn't classify you as a stronger runner, then I don't know what does.
You are my inspiration. You are the reason that I continue to do this, and the reason that I want to improve.
If you could only do one more thing for me, I would want it to be this:
Go out there and kick that marathon's ASS!
I love you!