As the day as ticked away, I find myself getting nervous again. Despite having done this eight times, and despite having trained for months, it's still quite the challenge to take on. It's also interesting that no matter how well prepared I may feel for this race, I still haven't taken a single step in the real event. All my training is great, but it's all in how I perform tomorrow that will make the difference. As I've noted on the blog before, it's really a great metaphor for our day-to-day lives. No matter what's come before, or what we've built, and how comfortable we feel, it's still our duty and our charge to get out there each day and make something new happen. Not everyday can be a marathon. Sometimes we have to settle for a leisurely walked with the dog around the block, but the key is to keep getting out there.
I look forward to posting tomorrow, not only because I'll be done running but hopefully I'll have some great pictures and stories to tell. Remember, "if you want to win something, run a 100m dash. If you want to experience something, run a marathon."
P.S. For those in the Baldwin community, one of our students had a family tragedy this past week and I was able to visit her and her family this afternoon and it was really touching to see just how many friends, students, and other relations came out to show support. Thank you for all you do.