The Montreal marathon is ON. This will be my first post-pregnancy marathon; the last marathon I ran was Chicago in 2006. I've only actually ever run six marathons, correction I have STARTED seven marathons and finished six. In preparation for this marathon I have:
~A shiny new pair of running shoes: am I the only one who LOVES burying my nose into a new pair of running shoes and smelling the complete absence of foul bacteria, sweat and dirt?
~A shiny new coach: well, this coach is new to me anyway - I fired my last coach. She was me. I think I need a bit of feeling of accountability. Accountability to someone else's effort that is... i.e. someone has taken the time to think about me, my training and spent some effort and so I am accountable the time and brain power spent.
~Acceptance into the elite field: I am not in the "super elite, fly you in, put you up in a hotel, pay for your food, come to our press conference elite field". I am in the "well you're local anyway, you'll probably be in the top 10, so sure we'll give you a free entry and easy access to the start line". Again the additional feeling of accountability is something I think I need right now.
~113 days left to train.