|Michael & me with the Royals mascott, Sluggerrr! Yep, two grown adults with a fake lion|
It actually started a few months ago with my marathon training. In a word, it went ... GREAT!!! Frankly, I can't remember such a fast and healthy cycle. So much so, that at 45 years old, I set PR's in my last two tune-up races.
Then more recently, on Tuesday night - which was the first night of my vacation - Michael and I were at the Kansas City Royals' game, watching them lose 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning. It didn't look good for the Boys In Blue, but after a base hit by Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon stepped to the plate and a hit a game winning home run. I've literally been to hundreds of Royals games over the years never seen that happen until now. Truly AMAZING!!! And I can't help but believe it's because I was there ... ostensibly a walking rabbit's foot!
And finally, today at lunch I order a sandwich at Panera for lunch. The girl behind the counter ran my telephone number to get my rewards points, and wouldn't ya know it ... I get a FREE SANDWICH!!! No charge!!! I mean what are the odds?
I'm tellin' ya, these are all signs of either a really good race on Saturday ... or a big fat end to my recent positive Karma. I hope it's the former. Truth be told, I feel pretty good about the race. Other than a slightly tight right groin (which is 100% related to a tight hamstring) I feel pretty good. I'm about 5 pounds heavier than I wanted be, but that's not a huge issue. And my mental approach to this race is fairly healthy as well. I'm just trying not to build it up in my mind. Sure I want to run well, but my primary focus this fall is on the Wichita Half and Indy Full in October and November. So if I don't PR at this race, it's not the end of the world.
So we'll see how it goes. The main goal is to come of this race healthy. I really don't think I can run a sub 3-hour race right now. But who knows ... if I cross the finish line and my time begins with a "2", that just might be my walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth. And maybe I'll just hang it up after that and go out a winner. Have a great weekend!
... be great today!