All of these races have been in preparation for the Boston Marathon.
Since I finished last Boston in near 90 degree heat, I've been singularly focused in returning to Boston and running a faster time. Of course I believe I'm capable of a sub 3 hour marathon, and I hope the weather and my taper cooperate. With four weeks to race day, I'm excited and nervous. All that is left on my race calendar is the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler on April 7, which I will not be "racing" since Boston is so close. Rather, I'm likely to be jogging it or running it at race pace.
This year's Boston has extra meaning as well. Two of my uncles, Ronnie Berger and Evan Raine, passed away in 2012, and they will be on my mind. I've been wearing Uncle Evan's mezuzah since and many of Uncle Ronnie's clothes (he was a sharp dresser and we both are the same size). I'm also looking forward to seeing friends and family along the route. And, my girlfriend, Laura Goldin, will be there for the first time! (In fact, she has started running and raced two very impressive 5Ks so far.)
Four more weeks of training and taper until the big race. I can't wait!