Deadly Women (with Matt Fullerty)


Monday, September 01, 2008

Marine Corps Marathon

Not long to go now!

With just over two months before I attempt my 3rd marathon, I have begun my training in earnest! I even went running at 6:30 this morning, which was lovely and cool. I trotted along the trails and streams of Rock Creek Park and it was 72 degrees when I got back at 7.20 - already getting hot!

Anyway, I've now reading Haruki Murakami's great little memoir about running and writing: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. It's a little gem! The Japanese writer most famous for his novels of love, loss and pop music takes us back over his 20-plus years of running, starting with his first marathon distance - when he ran from Athens to the town of Marathon (the orifinal race run by Pheidippides after the ancient Greeks beat the invading Perisans at the Battle of Marathon).

Murakami only discovered afterwards that the distance from Athens to Marathon is technically 25 miles, a mile or so short of today's marathon distance! Oops!
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