Last year I did my 1st marathon, then got way overconfident and completed three more in six months - not near enough time to recover. That does not include the Pikes Peak Marathon (bonked at mile 21 of 26.2) Going to try it again this August. Extra challenges: Running 1.5 mile up 11.5-degree climb the first 13.5 miles, unrelenting 15% humididy - Gatorade even more critical 60% as mush air at 14,110feet as sea level - killed a runner last year. It took only 24-hours for all 800 spots to fill, so I want to do it while I've got a chance. Losing another 20 pounds would help a lot (sort of like driving a Civic with 750-pounds in the trunk). Obviously, it lightens the load, but there is another critical benefit. Illusionist David Blane lost 50 pounds before he attempted to hold his breath for a record nine minutes (didn't make it). Time to make my point. I have started many of my marathons too fast. It's very easy to do that at the gun, but past the midpoint, you start to suffer the consequences. While the human body behaves a lot like a hybrid car, regenerating during a race is not really one of them. I have to hypermile (go slow) to have a chance to complete this race. The math would make it seem like it would be easy - 26.2 miles in ten hours. No, it's not a stroll, but maybe just a steady slow jog will get me across the finish line.