mile 1: let's do this!
mile 2: perfect day!
mile 3: I love these trails
mile 4: this is better than almost anything in the world
mile 6: 1/4 of the way done already... this is a walk in the park!
mile 7: minor hiccup. let's seize the next opportunity to dash in the woods and take a leak
mile 8: roger that, mission accomplished
mile 9: so high right now!
mile 10: seriously, how has it been 14 years since my last road marathon?!? I need to do these more often!
mile 11: legs feel great
mile 12: (seeing my wife) "Linds, you gotta do this race next year, this course is awesome!"
mile 13: right on my target pace, already halfway home!
mile 14: hmmmmmmm................................................
mile 15: ok.................... minor rough patch. let's regroup here
mile 16: only 10 miles to go. wait a minute, seriously, a full 10 miles to go?!?
mile 17: this was supposed to be over easy!
mile 18: come on let's hold the pace til mile 20... can you hold this pace for 2 measly miles?!?
mile 19: legs.. slowly.. turning.. to.. stone
mile 20: $&@$ #$(#^@&#(@ @$(^@#(&#$!($!#&$!
mile 21: come on, dig!, this is mild compared to a few weeks ago
mile 23: (seeing my fam, smiling, but yelling out) "AGGGHHHHHHHHH" "How you feeling?" "Like I'm at mile 23 of a marathon."
mile 26: finish line, hallelujah! Just as planned, that was a piece of cake. I mean, I could eat an entire cake. Maybe we should get one.