How crazy would I have looked if I told you at the start of 2020 that there will be this race that doesn’t yet exist called The Marathon Project vying with the Olympic Marathon Trials for the title of America's premier marathon of the year?
My early-2020-self probably would have loved the out-there thinking of the idea but most people would have scoffed at me.
Fast forward 12 months though and I found myself in Arizona, in December, watching a who's who of American marathoning prepare to run a 4.3 mile looped course in front of no spectators: The Marathon Project was on. It wasn't a normal race, but then very little in 2020 has been normal. However, it did have that unique race day atmosphere – tension mingling with expectation and hope. Before the gun goes, everything is still possible.