Yes, Toadlips--I remember your post!! You have it all correct here, about me and about your words of advice two years ago. You created the monster, but I have fed the monster. Actually, I have always been a demanding and intense person. So, when you told me to "Shut them up!" I was more than ready to do so.
It is great to hear from you. Right now, my intent is to race on Sunday. I know it is not an easy task, but I am in great shape. The only thing that concerns me is the weather--actually, the wind. I will continue to monitor the forecast.
A side note...I have been 185 spm in my Altra Torin, 186 spm in my Asics Gel Lyte 33 (my lightweight performance shoe), and today I was 182 spm in the shoes I wore at the NYC marathon, the Mizuno Wave Rider 19. All of the shoes feel good. The Torins feel the softest, and I feel fast in them. The Asics also feel pretty fast. I feel kind of "high" in the MIzunos (12mm drop). Anything to talk about here?