1.22.08

Another 7 miles this a.m. Good run.

Comparing the map from last year’s ING marathon to this year’s, the only changes I see are at the beginning and the end. Still that horrible out and back at Presidential Parkway, miles 18-20, the worst part of the entire course. If you can make it through that, you’re good to go! It’s quickly followed by Piedmont Park and all the cheering fans and that’s very rewarding.

The new beginning begins at Centennial Park and takes you down through Five Points and north on Piedmont Road where it joins the established course. The new ending begins after you exit Piedmont Park. After the uphill of 10th street instead of going north on Piedmont you turn south on Juniper to 5th to Techwood to North Avenue to Tech Parkway to Means and then a short run down Marietta Street back to Centennial Park.

The finish line at Centennial Park will be a marked improvement over last year’s which was so confusing at the crowded Under Ground.

I’m considering doing something a little different this year. I’m thinking about taking my iPhone along with me and using the earphones so that I can take calls. I’m wondering how many of my friends would actually call to see what mile I’m on and offer up words of encouragement — that sounds like fun to me. We’ll see…

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My ING laces

I put them in my shoes today. They’re ready to go. Although, I may not run the marathon in this pair. I may get a new pair before then, but they’ll be this same brand and type– Mizuno Wave Rider 10. I’m still debating on what to wear. Of course that ultimately depends on the weather. Hopefully, it won’t be in the 80’s like last year. WHEW! That was rough. As for now, it’s a toss up between the official inaugural ING outfit I wore last year and that cute little black running skirt I bought recently. I’m leaning towards the running skirt. Ahhh… what’ll it be, what’ll it be?

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