God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise

As most of you are aware, the fall race season is fast approaching. I'm getting close enough to my target race to have started an official training schedule and so far so good. But just days after starting my 12 week training plan, I was in a meeting at work where I heard something that cause fear and dread deep inside me. In order to meet some deadlines for next year, there is a very good possibility of a couple weeks of travel in October. And not just any travel, but to the far east, splitting the time between Japan and China. Any other time of the year I would be excited for the opportunity to visit these locations, just not 2 or 3 weeks before my target marathon that I have been aiming for all year.. Those are the biggest weeks of the training plan and don't know if I'll be able to find safe places to run, much less the time to get in the miles. The timing for trips can be somewhat fluid so I'm still training like nothing is going to happen, but I'm also trying to prepare myself mentally for the possible scrapping of the race and all the preparation that has been put in to date. I know that I could get in enough training to get to the starting line and finishing line, but  I don't want to enter the race just to finish, I would like to see what kind of time I could achieve. But God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll get to run my goal race. But if the opposite happens, I'll know it wasn't meant to be, will back off on the training a bit and look for another goal race opportunity. On the positive side, at least I didn't pick a goal race in the middle of October!

If anyone has any experience running in Japan or China I would love to hear your experience and advice.

Artist for Song in Title: Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs


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