Saying there are differences between my first three marathons and marathon number four is like saying there are differences between
I suspect that once I get to the race, all those differences will smack me in the face and it's up to me to embrace them or suffer. Good news is, thus far, I'm embracing.
Just how different are the races?
* This will be the first time I see Mrs. LB before a race. Honestly, Mrs. LB deserves a medal for supporting me. Not counting the girls, Mrs. LB has been the only person in my family who has expressed any interest at all in attending any one of my marathons, and she's been at all of them. So seeing her before a race will be a treat.
* No hotel stay the night before - the race is 30-40 minutes from my house.
* No fears of getting to start line as this is a small race, not a big-city event.
* 8 a.m. start, easily more than hour later than the other races.
* Course is mostly through dirt roads as opposed to city streets and paved beach paths
* Race day is Saturday, not Sunday
* No expo; bib pick-up starts at 6:30 on race day
* No crowd support; the course will take us one direction for several miles and circle us back towards start line so we'll have plenty of support there, but afterward we are on are own. The lake is, well, a lake, and a lot of the places we'll be going past don't have people because they're not easily accessible.
* I didn't pay more than 100 dollars for this race - 65 bucks, baby! (LA would have cost me 145)
There will be more differences, I'm certain. For now, though, these are the ones that have stood out, but I am embracing them and looking forward to new challenges.
In the end, there is one similarity between the other races and this that remains the same.
From start to finish, the distance is 26.2 miles. And ultimately, that's all I need to concern myself with.