So here we are. Here I am. Marathon number 7. Giddy up. New race (Hartford). New state (CT). New adventure. Same age category (35-39). Same socks (New Balance). Same awesome running partner (KH). Why do I keep running marathons? When I think about it, the main reasons never change. I love to run. I love the rush. I love the challenge. I love the pain. I hate all those things, too, but not always and never at the same time. Do I want the PR? Hell, yeah! But that's not my main goal this time around. Through this training cycle, my mental state has shifted. I have reached back and tapped into the simple joy of running. On Saturday, I'm running to remind myself how lucky I am that I get to do this. It's my choice. I choose to train. I choose to push myself. I choose to do it again. I choose. I'm ready. Let's ride!