Hello all you wonderful Saltines out there! I’m writing you from underneath a pile of camera gear in a hotel somewhere in Jacksonville, where over 150 elite runners will be toeing the line tomorrow. There are many who have already earned their places at the Olympic Trials Marathon in February, but many more who are in their beds now, perhaps worrying that their alarms won’t go off on the day they hope and pray to qualify for the trials.
I’m worried too! I have to get up at 5 myself so I can bring you their stories, but for now here’s a little taste of what’s coming: