This Sunday, follow Nick and me online as we race the SF Marathon

Well hell, looks like I’m actually going to survive training and run in the San Francisco Marathon this Sunday. (Our heat begins at 6:03 a.m. PST–do the math for your time zone).

It will be our first.

It is one of the toughest courses in the country.

There are going to be 24,000 people in our way.

Basically, what I’m saying is our focus is to finish the race, meaning we’re going to stick together and run it slower than we are likely capable of. Once we realized we didn’t care about our finishing time, we got another idea.

We’re both journalists and social media guys, why don’t we live Tweet/Facebook the race as we go? There really is no good reason not to. The only reason not to would be possible annoyance from the arm bands we’ll have to wear as we run, but that’s not a big deal. This is my Twitter account, and this is Nick’s.

So, we would like to invite you to follow us as we run. To check out our Twitpics. Reply to our updates with words of encouragement/discouragement. Do as your heart desires. Besides, I’m sure the digression of our health, energy and motivation will probably be funny to chronicle.

We would love to see your Tweets and comments during our race. To my knowledge, no one has ever tried this. Even if they have, it should still be interesting to see.

My Saturday training runs have been in the morning in about 85-degree heat at the start, and 95-100 at the end. My week runs have been 100-105 degrees for the last few weeks. That’s without adding humidity. The starting temperature for the marathon? Fifty-five degrees. C’mooooon.

My body isn’t going to know what to do.

On the positive, we will save lots of energy by not being sucked dry by the oppressive sun. On the negative, my teeth are going to be chattering up until we actually start racing. And I always race shirtless. This is going to be a problem.


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