I realize now that in our connected Human Network world, expert advice is available at every water cooler. Office pundits, some of whom have actually seen live marathon events first-hand, have been offering me a veritable treasure trove of useful advice:
-You can cram for a race. Just run 52.6 miles the night before. In a crunch, you can always just run to the start line.
-Alternate between wearing your right sneaker and your left. It wears out more evenly.
-Training is all about acclimating your body to the rigours of running the distance. So apply hot irons to your legs every other day and get dragged behind a slow-moving automobile.
-Train with music; it drowns out distractions like car horns.
-Best part of running long distances is stopping. So by standing there with that dumb look on your face, you're half way there.
Thankfully, there are also pros like Linda and Tom to keep me on the straight and narrow.