Marathon # 358 – Country #114
When a good friend and fellow Country Club member from Germany informed me of this race about one year ago I was immediately interested. When I learned that the race was being held during Samoa’s 50th Anniversary for Independence that was icing on the cake.
My friend Dieter and I agreed to share a room to lower the costs. About two weeks before the race I informed another German friend - Corinna who I had met in Bhutan – about the race and that crazy gal decided to run the Samoa Marathon at the very last minute. It couldn’t have been easy getting flights to Samoa at that late date?
A month before the race I was excited about my prospects of running a good race. However those plans blew up along with my right hamstring at a final ‘training’ marathon in Denver two weeks before Samoa. And as you may recall in that race report that injury/disaster was followed by a lot of ‘minor’ health issues in the final two weeks before I left. The surgeries messed with my psyche and the hamstring was still not healed when I began the long trip to Samoa.