Nova Scotia here we come!
It’s hard to imagine but race day is just about upon us. K and I. On Thursday morning (July 24) we’re heading out, from Red Hook and Park Slope to Nova Scotia. And on Sunday, the Nova Scotia Marathon along the southern coast!
Neither of us has been to the province, home to the Bluenose http://bit.ly/WDigSI and Sidney Crosby http://bit.ly/1tAVaH9. For me, it is particularly gratifying to be on home soil running my eighth marathon. Back in the distant early and mid-'80s, I ran the National Capital Marathon in Ottawa and a border one – Windsor-Detroit. But this is my first one in the Maritimes.
While I’d like to think I will again qualify for Boston (which, at my age requires a minimum best time of 3:40), my goal isn’t so precise. Rather, only that I enjoy each and every moment with my daughter, and on the course, stay within myself, feel the succor of those miles and hours of training, the days of stretching and weight training, the benefit of the bread (thanks C and K!) and pasta and cakes and cookies I’ve been chowing down in these final days before the gun goes off in tiny Barrington, Nova Scotia, the Lobster Capital of Canada.
If you think of it, send a prayer or a thought balloon for K and me this weekend. It’s going to be a blast !
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