I told Mary that I am counting on the happiness of having these new shoes to carry me through at least two of the 26.2 miles on Oct. 1. Don't you think new shoes equate to two miles of happy running? Unless of course it is raining or snowing or the wind is blowing or the sun is shining too hot or if there are people on the course at mile 12 shouting "You're almost there!" In that case I will probably be muttering and cursing to myself the entire race.
Lots of marathon runners joke about calling a cab around mile 19-20. This is the first time I am actually thinking about carrying my cell phone and enough cash to get me home from any point on the course.