Dear 22 Miler,
My name is LB and I'm going to be in your company on Sunday. I heard you can be tough on runners, especially those you haven't met before so I thought I'd introduce myself. Maybe we can become friends, and then we can have a better go at it Sunday morning.
I've only been running since 2008, and I don't think I earned my runner label until the end of '08 so really it's been about 18 months or so that I consider myself a runner. But I've come a long way since then. I've run a 5K, three 10Ks, a 15K, a really cool race called the Mud Run (twice) and a really, really cool race called the Ragnar Relay. I've also run a half marathon.
Are those strong enough credentials to be in your presence? Not quite? Okay, let me continue.
We have some friends in common. I met your friend 18 Miler in Seattle. Actually, it was in a place called Renton. He was a little grumpy. Maybe it's because it rains a lot there, and the weather was affecting him. We were all wet during the whole run, and he just sorta kicked me in the butt towards the end. I really don't know what his problem was, but maybe it was just me.
I also met your buddy 20 Miler, just before Christmas. He was pleasant enough - well, as pleasant as 20 Milers can be (don't take that the wrong way, 22 Miler) - but I could still feel his effects two days after we met.
The last two weeks I've logged totals of 27 and 33 miles, and after we meet on Sunday, if all goes well, I'll crack the 40-mile mark with your help. The week I met 20 Miler, I'm sure that was a week of more than 30 miles.
So you see 22 Miler, I've been running a lot lately and I do consider myself a runner. So when we meet up on Sunday, I hope it all goes well.
I think I know what you look like, so I'll look for you. But I'll be the guy in the pink shirt in case you wanted to say hi. Yeah, pink... I can explain. Actually, since we'll be in each other's presence for nearly four hours, possibly more, we'll save that bit of conversation for our journey.
See you on Sunday!