“Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity / To seize everything you ever wanted, one moment / Would you capture it or just let it slip?” – “One Shot” by Eminem
A couple weeks ago, while sorting through some gear for running in the dark, I found my first iPod – loaded with forgotten playlists that carried me through thousands of marathon training miles.
So, late last week, I plugged it in to charge in advance of the Wild Hog Half Marathon this past Saturday. After running some early morning miles, I swung home to let Coby out of the house for a few minutes before heading to the race. In my brief layover, I picked up that iPod and scrolled through the playlists. This was going to be fun as I had long forgotten the order of some of the songs.
But I couldn’t help but notice two playlists – Ragnasty 1 and Ragnasty 2 – in honor of the Great River Ragnar Relay. Lucky for me, about a mile into the half marathon, “One Shot” by Eminem came up on the playlist.
The opening lyrics are fitting considering my goal – the New York City Marathon – has been 4 years in the making. And it’s pretty certain it will be a once in a lifetime run for me because the difficulty in gaining admittance (I’ll never qualify with the tough guarantee race standards and the chances of winning the lottery are about as good as my odds of retiring early on Powerball earnings).
As September winds down, and my training undergoes some fine tuning for the final 5 weeks, I’m grateful for this marathon buildup. It’s allowed me to establish my morning running routine, the weather has been phenomenal, and injuries have melted away. Now it’s just a matter of battling through training fatigue to tweak my fitness for race day, and have some fun along the way.
As I look ahead to October, I thought it would be a good time to share some photos – one of my view at the start of the half marathon (literally at the back of the pack), a couple from a visit with Coby to College Gameday in Fargo a few weeks ago and some of the adorable Golden retriever who seems to always convince me to give him extra treats.