It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great. - Jimmy Dugan
Let's get this on record: I am not a runner.
I don't plan to be fast. I don't plan to look like I'm having fun, and in truth I'm not really even planning to have fun doing it. And I'm not even 100% sure I'll finish. But that's my goal: Finish the event within the 6 hour time limit. No style points will be awarded.
I've been very closed mouthed about these plans for the last several months because truthfully I never thought I would get to this point. And I figured if at first you don't succeed, hide any evidence that you tried. There's been setbacks along the way, but they have been mostly overcome. I'm still dealing with a foot issue that my non-medically confirmed diagnosis is extensor tendonitis. It just flared up after my last long run. After taking a week off, it's been manageable enough on my last few short runs to make me think I can make it through. And if not, I'll be a DNF. Which is always better than a DNS.
If you are the curious type who can't look away from an auto accident, there are a couple of ways you can follow my progress on Sunday.
Avtex Athlete Tracker will send you a text message at certain points in the race. I'm not sure when.
Mtrack is a nice online near real time tracker that will show you where I am on a map of the course.
And if you're the type who will actually be out on the course spectating, I plan to wear my brightest yellow shirt. High fives appreciated.