As I stood around waiting for my latest marathon to start, I couldn't help but overhear several conversations going on around me. Perhaps it was because I was running alone and didn't know anyone, but it was the first time I'd really just listened at a starting line to what was going on around me, instead of being a part of it. I was surprised -- and disappointed -- in what I heard.
A group of guys immediately to my right were huddled in a circle, jabbering and bouncing excitedly (nervously? It's always hard to tell). It wasn't long before someone asked another what his racing strategy was. The reply was a shrug and a simple, "Dunno. Just gonna run and see how I feel."