I am hoping to run the New York marathon this weekend. The training has just about gone according to plan, but with only days to go until ‘the day’ I am suffering from all sorts of niggling doubts and looking for any information, anywhere that will give me comfort that, miraculously, it will all be OK on the day.
Yesterday evening I took a train out of town to see a youth production of an obscure play. Someone I know was in it so it was more out of support than anything else. Having dashed home from work I found myself at Clapham Junction ready to board the train with no reading material. I dived into the nearest newsagent and searched for one of a number of running magazines that can usually be found on their shelves. I thought the journey could be usefully employed getting last minute running tips.There was not a single copy of any of them to be found despite the newsagent being crammed full of magazines on everything from railways to rustic living.
As I sat on the train reading one of those gossipy weeklies full of pictures of WAG’s and their friends, I thought how wonderful it would have been to have had access to all of the running magazines and to have been able to cross-search them from an iPhone or wireless laptop. I could have searched for ‘positive thinking’ and ‘marathons -made -easy’ or ‘ways to reach the finish in under four hours without feeling exhausted!’ Guess I’ll just have to rely on Lucozade.