600.4 miles raced in 2010
Race: Stillwater Marathon
Place: Stillwater, MN
Miles from home: 1325 miles
Weather: 70-80s; sunny
I went to Stillwater on Thursday marking the 6th time I have been to the North Star State in a year's time after having never been there prior to that visit. I have always had good experiences there even if I haven't had the best weather to run in. I knew this race was going to be no different given the predictions of high 80s during the marathon. But one can only run what is put before them and I had a task to do: 34 miles on my 34th birthday.
I had a great time at the expo signing books for friends and fans and meeting wonderful people. Too many stories to share all of them here but I will just a few.
One young man, Nate Johnson, was in the middle of doing 5 marathons in 5 weeks. If that is not impressive enough - Nate is 15! And he usually runs quite fast. While he had a tough day in the hot sticky weather in Stillwater, he mentioned that his goal is to get a rejection letter from Boston. By that he means he wishes t qualify and then be told that because he is under 18 he is not allowed to run. I have a feeling that if he makes it in, they may just make an exception.
One runner put two dollars down on my table and said :" I owe you this." Apparently he was two dollars short of being able to purchase my book at an expo and I said it was OK and he could have it for the money he had on him. Well, he told me that if he ever saw me again he would pay me back. And he did. Can you see why I trust runners so much?
I had more than a few people say they saw me on the morning news on Saturday as I gave an interview on KSTP's morning show talking about the race and my experiences. If they only knew how hard it is nor a nightowl to get up at 6:30 AM to get to their studios (let alone the morning prior to a race!) they may have been even more impressed.
Apparently youtube likes to pause on my boybusiness.