The only problem with boastfully thumping your chest and saying that no terrorist attack is going to prevent you from running a marathon is….. that you actually have to then… run a marathon.
Today, for the first time ever, the City of Jerusalem hosted a full 42.2 km marathon along with a half marathon and 10km race. As I checked weather reports the night before, supplemented by looking at the HAIL out the window, I felt a “touch” of nervousness (like having a “touch” of the Swine Flu.) Running a marathon is hard enough. But running in freezing rain? I know Israel needs the rain — but Israel will still need the rain on Tuesday, right?
As it turned out, my apprehension was unfounded. Although it was cold, it was not unbearable and we did not get rain. Fine, one problem licked. Now I just had to deal with the fact that Jerusalem is a city built on hills (you know all the psalms that talk about the “mountains of Jerusalem? — They’re not kidding.)
I also had to deal with the fact that instead of the 90km a week I trained for the Tiveria Marathon, injuries and bad weather had resulted in about 90km in a month. But — no excuses. I was there to run this morning and that’s what I did.
By the way, if you ever — EVER — hear me say something idiotic like “I’m going to run a marathon, but just for fun,” please shoot me.