The countdown is set to start. Registration for the most prestigious road race opens October 18th. I have trained exceptionally hard to qualify for this race. Case in point: I simulated the Kansas City Marathon today to the best of my ability. Last night I ate my pre-race meal. I was in bed by 8:30 and up again at 3:30 AM for breakfast; I have been training my stomach to process and store carbohydrates. I hit the park for a 20 mile run at 5:30 AM; in truth, I wanted to run 23 miles but opted out when I started feeling my Achilles tendon hurting. The run was great thanks to the cool temps; I had a great time: 7 minutes and 29 second per mile pace; I need to run 7:26 to earn a qualifying time for Boston. Today marked my last serious long run; I am set to do a few 8 and 9 mile runs until October 16th. I am thinking the stars are in line for me to do this. Essentially, the best of the more serious runners earn a spot at Boston. Runners look the part, too. Though Kansas City is one of the more difficult courses in the country, this race is my only chance at getting into Boston 2011. Last year the race filled up in under 30 days after registration opened. Thus, I had hope to use the Memphis Marathon in December as my qualifying backup; it is a much faster course. That will not happen.