Today I bought myself a half-way-there marathon present:
I've been looking for a book that just has interesting stories about running in general. It is the every day stories about running that I'm interested in. Not training plans or a bunch of numbers and formulas and how to get fast... just pure running. I have seen some while perusing the running section of bookstores in the past, but have never bought. Typically in magazines like Runner's World and Running Times there are only a few snippets of material that fit into this category – just enough to make me want to read more. First Marathons has stories from 37 different people recounting their first marathons. Some are elites and some are just every day people, so I think it will be very interesting and inspiring. And a good way to keep me focused these next few weeks.
Maybe after the marathon I'll write my own story... if it's interesting. If not that, I do think I should write an entry about why I run.