In today's lovely installment of Hey, Look What Michael Wardian Can Do! No really! Look!, I ask the ultramarathoner what one thing, other than his shoes, he could not do without during a run. I got to thinking about that question myself. What one thing... I feel like there are at least one hundred things I could have with me, to be honest. My watch, for one. Or Garmin. Heart rate monitor. All three. Sometimes -- OK, usually -- my iPod. RoadID. Apartment keys. Water. Are portable toilets possible? My phone. Food. How about a Coke? Basically I'm just going to carry a house on my back.
I don't know if there is just one thing. Really, I could run without any of those things and enjoy it. Some of the best runs are done without things. I suppose if we're talking about superstitions or luck, I have a couple things. I have two RoadIDs. One is purple and a gift from my parents, and the other is black and a promotional freebie. I ALWAYS wear the purple ID on race day, and save the black for training. Purple is special, duh. It was a gift. It says to me, "MOM SAID YOU CAN'T DIE. AND IF YOU DO, ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT." Don't leave home without it.
The other is a necklace I got for my birthday from two of my best girls. It included two charms -- a running shoe and a wing. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I contributed a third charm a few weeks back. It's a small disc that says BELIEVE. It's complete now, and when I wear it, I feel like I have my friends with me on race day. And every day. Seriously, it's my favorite necklace.