Paul called in from California and was pleased to get some tips for his upcoming adventure at the ING New York City Marathon. Mark recommended Liz Robbins's "A Race Like No Other" about, of course, that race, and host Joe Garland seconded the suggestion. EddieMarathon is excited about running Marine Corps on October 31; he did the race last year. Eddie offered to have people doing MCM with logistical questions to touch base with him, and he and Adam T will be hosting an event there on race week-end. For those with questions about NY, feel free to drop Joe Garland a line.
Mark also directed us to mantras of use to runners. Joe Garland offered one: If during a marathon you ask yourself why you are doing it, do not try to answer it since you may have trouble coming up with something convincing. Instead, simply tell yourself that there is an answer and you'll remember it after the finish.
It was pointed out that marathons are closing earlier and earlier. Several, including Chicago, Marine Corps, and Boston (even with its qualifying standard) close out early, and Craig sent on a link to a Wall Street Journal article that says Boston, which opens for registration on October 18, might be full by mid-November, before Philly (and perhaps before NY on Nov. 7). New York, on the other hand, fills by a lottery (with Marathon and Half-Marathon times getting people automatic entry as well).
The lesson: If you're interested in running a particular marathon, you'd better enter or you'll likely be shut out.
We also spoke a bit about training for old folks. Joe Garland pointed to a link to his blog in which he sets out a long piece by coach John Kellogg that discusses the different training approaches that runners over 40 should take. Joe's incorporated some of these ideas into his own training.
For next week, the show will have several HoustonHopefuls, Masters women trying to a 2:46:00 OT qualifier. And we spoke of one of those no-longer-hopefuls, Jaymee, who got her qualifier in the tough conditions of Chicago, and who told a fine tale about it. (Joe reproduces the as-it-happened chatter of Jaymee's followers on Facebook.)
The show went long; we're thinking one might be able to find 60 decent minutes in the thing. Might.