One of the best pieces of advice I received while I was training for my first marathon was, “make sure you have a backup race… just in case.”
It was the spring of 2008 and I was training hard for my first marathon in Vancouver, British Columbia. Everything was going better than expected and I was feeling great. In addition to that, my wife and I were going to use our time in Vancouver to visit family and tour one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But as luck would have it, a month before the day of the race I received notice that I was scheduled to have an interview that very same weekend in San Francisco. This was an interview I had been waiting for for 5 years and had invested a lot of time and money to prepare for. There was no way I was going to miss this interview.