No, this photo wasn't taken this morning. Hard as it is to believe, this image is actually from SEVENTEEN years ago (geeze...when did I get so old?)! Still, it's good to know I still look EXACTLY the same as I did on October 4th, 1998 (although I don't know what I did with those sweet white gloves).
1998 was the first and only time I've ever run the Twin Cities Marathon, but I plan on heading down there this weekend to run it again. I won't be very fast. Last weekend's Birkie Trail Marathon was a wake-up call to my lack of current fitness (the food in Peru was sure good), but I don't think I'll have a problem finishing.
The other day we all received a message from the marathon organizers warning us that there are some protests planned at the event. I didn't think much of it, but then we received another "reassuring" message from race organizers stating that "runner safety was their highest priority." If they'd said nothing, I wouldn't have thought about it, but since they kept bringing it up I started to worry. With the way that social media promotes argument over reasoned discourse, there is always the potential that a gathering of people could turn into something negatively charged--which would be an unfortunate turn for a positive event like the Twin Cities Marathon.
The best thing about marathons is that you meet wonderful, enthusiastic, healthy and positive people. Marathoners are some of the most sincere and generous individuals on the planet. Events like the Twin Cities Marathon raise awareness for a TON of great charities. Check out this page for a complete list of positive folks participating in the marathon with the purpose of helping out less fortunate individuals. This marathon is truly a selection of generous and caring people, and I've learned that the greatest way to affect a change in the world is through positive efforts.
Let's all strive to avoid conflict on race day and take the high road when given the opportunity. I want to hear stories of positive action and love of life as we enjoy our post race beer! Good luck everyone!
Also, there's still time to sign up for The Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon if you haven't already! We're already sitting at record numbers, and the more the better!