Thank you so much for being good to me over the past four months and letting me get through yet another marathon training cycle. I know we’ve had our ups and downs, but I know you want me to complete Boston just as much as I want to. I’ve been trying my best to take care of you, and I think you really appreciated that. We’ve got 26.2 miles ahead of us on Monday and I know that it’ll be tough on you, but I know we can do it!
I’m not worried that you’ll act up on me. Each week, you’ve slowly treated me to more and more confidence. I’ve got a good feeling about the Boston Marathon, don’t you? Think about how cool it’ll be to run by all the thousands of spectators, up and over Heartbreak Hill (which I know you ain’t scurred one bit about. We’ve been doing hills like crazy all training cycle), and down the middle of Boylston! We earned this! We made it through the hardest part, now we can reap the benefits of our hard work!
I remember how much you hated me after the Cleveland marathon last May. I remember constantly fighting with you over the summer. I remember the day the sports med doc looked at your MRI results and told me to quit running cold turkey for 6 weeks.
Do you remember when we went for our first run back? I called you my bambi legs. We had a few set backs since that run, but I kept listening to you, making sure to take care of you. And you slowly let me back into the world of distance running.
I can’t believe we’ve literally trained for a marathon from only being able to run 3 minutes at a time. And now, we’ll be running (hopefully less than) 4 hours straight together on Monday! That’s a story to tell the kids!
When I first started training for Boston, I honestly wasn’t sure we’d make it. I didn’t think this day would actually come. But it has! We’re here! In 6 short days, we’ll be standing in Hopkinton, MA ready as we’ll ever be for the ride of our lives. It’s exciting, and I’ve got you to thank for getting me there!
So thank you, Knee, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you a million times. Just 6 more days, then I’ll reward you with massages, shorter distance runs, cycling, and better yet: hiking trips!
Love, your biggest fan,