Thanks for your input on the last post - I want a Garmin 405 but might not be able to justify the "investment" right now. I'll probably get a new strap for the old Timex. I appreciate all of your comments and email!
Marathon training begins on November 30th. I plan to run the The Blue Nose Marathon again in May of '09. I ran it in 2007. It was my first and only marathon. 18 months ago, I was hoping for a 3:30 finish until the wheels fell off in the late going. Certainly, there is no shame in a 3:53 finish, especially for a rookie. I have no regrets whatsoever.
I learned some things:
- Miles are just miles without friends. Next May, I will be less about business and more about fun. I know a few more people now that I hope to connect with before, during and after the race.
- I cannot will my body to do more than it can do. Mind over matter does not always matter. There's not much a person can do when a foot cramps up - except walk or stop or both. Who cares. Whatever happens...happens.
- Smile more. I appeared way too serious in the '07 race photos. I believe there is no harm in a goofy grin. I will high-five more kids.
So you see, there's a bit of unfinished business. Despite the fact that I have not run much during the last 5 months every new step feels like new territory - again. As much as I struggle with form, stride, suffer heavy legs and burning lungs I realize that I've never been this mentally prepared to run the distance.