I'm in Florida at our daughter's for Thanksgiving. After several mornings in the 30's, its 51F at 5:30 AM. I never bring enough colder weather gear here, expecting Florida to be warm. Today, it is.
Its not the marathon that changes you, its the pursuit of the marathon. I sit here in the dark, drinking coffee and eating my peanut butter sandwich. It seems like all the world sleeps.
Why am I here? I want to run marathons. I want 26.2 miles in training to be easy, if not routine. I want a sub-3:35 in 2009 to qualify for Boston.
In "Lawrence of Arabia", Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal dreams of the gardens of Cordoba in a moment of distraction. He brings himself back to the present by shrugging his shoulders and saying with a sigh: "Before the gardens must come the fighting."
The run went well. Running the flat Florida beachscape in 60 degree weather is much easier than hilly Maryland in the 30s.
What I am about is making training for the marathon a lifestyle. Contemporary medical advice recommends 60 - 90 minutes a day of vigorous exercise. This is consistent with training for the marathon at the amateur level.