Before going any further, congratulations to eighteen-year-old Brendan O'Brien for one hell of a maiden voyage in the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon. He covered the course in 4:33:49, good enough for a forty-first place finish in his division.
As of this morning, the distance between this day and New York City Marathon Sunday is measured in days and not in weeks. This time last year, as I prepared for my initial trip through the five boroughs I did not know everything that the NYC Marathon entailed. I have run the New Jersey Marathon multiple times but while the distance at the two events is identical, nothing about the two events is.
It is an extraordinary day. And now, it is just six days away.