Richmond Marathon is tomorrow.
My Boston Marathon qualifying time is 3:30. It has been 17 years since I last qualified.
Tomorrow, I roll the dice one more time.
Why try? Why not sandbag like always? Why not just run/walk for the first 20 and then find somebody who is struggling near the end and help that person finish? Several reasons ...
• The 19:09 5K I ran two weekends ago is concrete evidence that I am in way-faster-than-3:30 marathon shape. More like 3:07 shape.
• My buddy Bob is struggling these days with injuries and will be pretty pleased if he breaks 4:15. His PR is 2:49. If Bob was in 3:07 shape, he would try.
• My friend Dennis can't run any more. Ever. His PR is 2:37.
So this one's for Bob. And especially Dennis.