Dec 12 2008

Hanging Out In Huntsville

I’m running the Rocket City Marathon tomorrow.  It’ll be my 14th marathon in my quest to finish one in every state in the US.  My co-host in this experience is Matt Shobe, one of the founders of FeedBurner.  Matt’s a real runner (PR of 3:25) but, as he writes in his post This time, I’m running for charity, he’s going to pace his slow friend Brad.

I’ve had a hard time getting my head into this marathon.  I had a great week off the grid in Mexico but then returned to an incredibly intense week.  After four 15+ hour days, I finally had a little chill time which masqueraded as "travel to Huntsville day".  I went to the Expo (small and cute), got my number, and started to get excited.  I don’t feel especially trained or well rested for this one, but the weather looks like it’s going to be perfect, the course is flat, and I’ve got a friend who is going to suffer through 26.2 miles with me – what more could a marathoner want?

It turns out that my coach Gary Ditsch of Endurance Base Camp drove down from Kentucky to run this one with a triathloner that he also coaches.  We met face to face for the first time and are planning to head out to dinner (yup – pasta) as a micro-gang.

As Matt says, he’s going to run this one for charity – in this case Children’s Medical Missions.  If you are so inclined, please support Matt (for the both of us) – I just did (that feels a little recursive.)  And – as always – thanks to my anchor sponsors Return Path and Pixie Mate for their support of Accelerated Cure via their sponsorship of my running quest.