Well, it's official. I've finally broken up with my iPod. She and I had our good times but frankly she wasn't pulling her weight of late. The Nike+ system was constantly off and always to my detriment, so we just had to part ways. It was as if she knew that it was coming because when I tried to sync with my computer tonight, well, she just didn't want to do it.
I just picked up a Garmin 205 which will replace her as of tomorrow. (Thanks for the suggestion, Petra) But, like breaking up with someone you work with (been there, done that, bought the t-shirt), I'll continue to see my iPod in the future for music. Hopefully she won't mind. Going forward, I'll just keep my stats on Garmin and will add them to the 746 miles I've run using the iPod.
That said, below is my progress so far at 746 miles. I'm in Martinsville, IL continuing down Rt. 70 into St. Louis where I continue southwest for the remainder of the trip.
And last, but certainly not least, I'm now 9 days and 12 hours away from my first marathon -- the New Orleans Mardi Gras marathon. I'm nervous. I'm excited. I'm ready.
I'll post some more details in the coming week like mile dedications and pre-marathon prep. If you have any suggestions for the last week, I'm all ears!
Oh, a special thanks to ShirleyPerly who gave me some great inspirational tips, advice and confidence. You know, it's almost like she's done this before.