Despite having run several marathons, the week before another marathon seems to be always a nervous week. One is apprehensive about possible illness or injury during this time. Its been easygoing weekend for me with no cycling or running either Saturday or Sunday. Will be doing a couple of 8-9K runs probably on Monday and Thursday with 10K of cycling on the days in between.
Also, this is the first time, after 2002, that I will be running 40K+ distance outside of an actual race or event. Way back in 2002 when I first took to distance running and did not know of any fellow runners in Bangalore I used to do my long training runs alone. And in training for my first full marathon I have done 16 loops of a 2.5Km loop a couple of times. I cannot imagine doing this ever again - now that I have been doing long runs in company for the last few years. I can at most run 2 hours or so(approx 20 Kms) alone - anything beyond that would be tough to do now. On 21st September since it is a regular RFL run there should be plenty of company for at least the first couple of hours. Doc Rajat and Deepak have expressed interrest in doing the full 42Km. While they will both run much faster it will still help me to know that I am not the only one doing the full marathon.