If you don’t know by now that I tend towards eccentricity, well, dear reader, you simply haven’t been paying attention 😉
This morning as I was putting away Christmas decorations (ok, make that pondering putting away Christmas decorations), I stumbled across a poster-sized map of the city of Marlborough. A devoted anti-pack-rat, for many moons I’ve uncharacteristically held onto this particular 27″ x 40″ inch piece of cellulose pulp that was dried into a flexible sheet in some faraway paper mill; it was in the Welcome Wagon packet I got in 2003 when I moved back from whence I came after CJ’s Glorious Left Coast Quest. Ever since, it has only narrowly escaped the recycle bin during semi-annual purges. After all, with Tom Toms and Mapquest and iPhone map apps, who the heck needs a humongous frozen-in-time street snapshot that ever-so inefficiently ends at the city limits?
Apparently, marathoners do. Because as soon as I laid eyes on that map this morning, I was grabbing a highlighter and coloring in like a kindergarten kid all the Marlborough roads this crazy marathon training has taken me down to date.
According to my TrainingPeaks account, I’ve run 349.37 miles in the 93 days since I was selected for the Children’s Hospital Miles for Miracles team (here I insert a huge thank you to all who have sponsored me to date—one supporter, my very first supporter in fact, has even sponsored me twice!—and also invite those of you who have yet to support my run to do so now). Not all of those miles have been on roads within the confines of our beautiful borough (I’ve logged some on glorious Cape Cod, others in the neighboring towns of Hudson, Sudbury and Stow and still others on the dreaded treadmill at my home away from home, Wayside Racquet and Swim Club). But as you can see from all the green on this map, a fair amount of them have taken place right here in Marlborough.
So now I have an updated goal list:
– finish the Boston Marathon
– do so in fewer than four hours
– preferably in 3:50, so I can qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon
– run every road in Marlborough while training to accomplish all of the above.
As of 5 a.m. today, completely coloring in this map (which now hangs via duct tape on a wall in my Bike Cave–this is Duct Tape Use # 829) is officially my latest obsession. In fact, I can’t wait for it to get light enough out so I can use today’s six-miler to color in a few more. Hurray! This map has quite literally changed the course of my day! 🙂
One dilemma: Route 495 cuts a big swath through the city (that’s the thick north-south line in the leftmost third of the map). Of course I can’t run that. Or can I? Maybe if I ask the Marlborough Police Department very, very nicely they’ll say OK? What say you, Chief Leonard 🙂 ?!
That’s all for now…do keep it fun, and please, whatever you do, don’t run on 495…unless of course you get Chief Leonard to say OK and you take me with you 😉
As always, enjoy the day!