This may shock a few folks but about this time 100 days from now the race will be concluding. There will be thousands of runners back in their room, milling about or otherwise contemplating the morning. There will be those who are happy - happy that they made the end, happy that they had a PR, survived the race while suffering a chronic injury that made the day feel long. There will be those who are relieved relieved because they had a late season set of misgivings that called into question their decision to run an event and can now take a deep breath now that they have finished. There will be those who are camped out in the med tent yes injuries can and do occur on race day. Most folks will fall into one of the above camps, but not all. There will be those who are energized energized by the fact that they can now do anything. The power of running a marathon is tremendous. It can and will be a life changing event for many who will spring into a new found life of healthy and fit living. There will be those who are sad sad because the race is now over and there is a loss of purpose in the first days following a big event. Take time now to keep a log of thoughts and feelings. Think about next actions before the race though do not act until the post race feelings calm down. Having a plan in place in December will help refocus you on a path forward. There will be those who are sore sore in every fiber of their body. All runners will have some soreness, take time to warm down post run and make it a habit. You body will thank you for stretching and the continuous movement post race. Finally, there will be those who are disappointed disappointed because they were injured, ill or otherwise not able to complete the mission. These are the folks who we all tend to forget and ones I want to make sure that you know you are not forgotten. Whether you suffered bad luck, bad food or just could not make it click 100 days from now, you are all still winners. Think about where you were 4 months back and where you are on Sunday January 12. You have made huge strides to getting to the end. Who would have thought a 6 mile run would feel short? You had the courage to start and you are ahead of many of the naysayers who will want to judge you. Do not let them into your head. They are the ones who failed to get off the couch, thought the path too steep or could not commit to the challenge. Hold you head up HIGH. Remember, did not finish is far superior to did not start. Most folks are running distances greater than 10 miles now and while tough everytime you add a mile or two, it will seriously get easier with time. Remember, smile and have fun while training. It will help relieve tension in the body and actually make moving a little easier Train Hard and Live Clean.