Yes, you read the title right. I'm running a marathon that I haven't trained for. I ran the Eugene (Oregon - is there another?!) Marathon awhile ago... maybe six weeks? I signed up for the July 4th Foot Traffic Flat Marathon (Portland, OR) probably six weeks earlier when training was going well and I thought I could simply piggy back onto my Eugene training and run a second good race. I'm now exactly one week out. Training has pretty much gone out the window as other things have taken priority. And I'm scared. It's going to be a warm day and if I recall correctly, there is very little to absolutely zero shade on this course. And I don't recall much wind so I can't count on any relief there. It's going to be a very hot and long 26.2 miles for me.
Anyone else run a marathon with no real training? Sure, my fitness level is probably fine. I did a modified recovery after Eugene and have some longer runs under my belt these last few weeks. But only one was a 20 miler due to time constraints. When you run a 9:00 pace like me, it takes a pretty good chunk of time to run 20+ miles. I just couldn't find those blocks.
It was weird to finish my 20 miler and know I was now "tapering"... yet, I hadn't really topped out. Oh, I'll finish the marathon but it's not going to be a good one.
Of course, I'm already thinking about the next one...