John Nguyen recommends reading Born to Run. Seems like a good way to pass the time while I follow his progress Saturday. Lucked out and got a copy from the library so I'm in business.
Many years ago, I went in halvsies on a 20 foot fishing boat with a buddy of mine. It was an old boat that needed some work. Price was right and somehow being 20 miles off shore in a boat with engine problems didn't seem that dangerous to a couple of guys in their twenties. Anyway, my friend spends all kinds of time researching everything there is to know about navigation, finding fish, tackle, knot tieing, fuel consumption, you name it. For my contribution to the effort, I bought a paper back copy of The Old Man and the Sea.
So here I am contemplating running a marathon for the first time. I suppose I should be reading Hal Higdon or some other expert on the subject of preparing for a marathon. I suppose I should be mapping out a training schedule and start obsessing over my pace in every mile of my long run. And I'm sure I don't have a clue yet of the range technical knowledge I should be aquiring.
But first things first. I've just got this idea that desire and imagination are always the first order of business in any endeavor. So I'm taking John's advise. How could I not?