In less than 2 weeks from today in Philadelphia there will be about 30,000 runners lined up near the Art Museum nervously watching the sky, looking at their watches, tying and retying their shoes, stretching, laughing, making friends and wondering.

On the starting line you never know what kind of a day it will be.  But by then it’s too late to worry about the runs you missed or the miles you meant get in.

On the starting line it’s you against you.  What have you got today?

That’s one of the best parts of running a marathon or even the half.  It’s figuring out what you’ve got and if you don’t have it it’s finding it in yourself out on the course.

There will be 30,000 different levels of fitness, 30,000 different reasons for running, 30,000 dreams and 30,000 hopes all headed in the same direction.

Think about the collective mileage that those 30,000 people have logged over the past few months.  The number is astounding and if anyone cares to take a shot at the math I’ll be happy to share that number.

I’ll be one of the 30,000 looking at the sky and wondering.

This is gonna be great.