Best-laid Plans…

“The best laid plans of mice and me, often go awry.” – Robert BurnsRace - Kids

On a typical year I enter races longer in distance as training runs for my annual marathon. I eat healthier as race day approaches to drop weight, and generally try to behave myself race week. Best laid plans are, well, you know.

I began the year optimistic and registered for my earliest race ever–January 4th. It would be my first ultra-marathon. Instead I spent the first four-months rehabbing my hip after a fall on the ice, so frustrated at times I wondered if I’d ever run long distance again. I finally began running in late April, and the distances grew longer over the summer. I ran my first race in September, a 30K trail run. It was a slog, but gave me the confidence (fool-hearted?) to register for the Steamtown Marathon.

Race Week: I squeezed hard labor between two writing classes, and then yesterday my fourth grandchild was born, Lucy Claire. So much for rest. Carb load? I’ve grown fond of 1/4 pound WaWa hot dogs and Coke.

So I’ll drive to Scranton sometime today, maybe tonight, and settle into my sleeping bag on the hotel room floor of Shawn and Chris. I roomed with Shawn, my son’s buddy, ten years ago when I ran Steamtown and qualified for the Boston Marathon. I’ll wake in the darkness, hop on a bus full of runners, and disembark in Forrest City, PA more than a half hour later. When a cannon blasts at 8:30 I’ll begin my trek to the finish line 26.2 miles away in Scranton.

Something tells me it’s going to be a good day, and who knows, maybe when I get home tomorrow night, after a Guinness or two at Andy Gavin’s Pub of course, I may register for my first ultra-marathon before the end of the year.Run in the Sun


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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8 Responses to Best-laid Plans…

  1. Sophie33 says:

    Congrats, dear Jim! 🙂 xxx


  2. LB says:

    Congratulations Grandpa to #4!
    Can’t wait to hear about the Guinness (oh! and the race!) 🙂


  3. runner500 says:

    It is going to be a great day! It won’t be a trek – you are going to savour every second (and enjoy the Guiness!)


  4. Mark Mangan says:

    Congrats grandpop!


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