Seems I always have some type of dream/nightmare in the days before a marathon. Most of them involve either getting to the race late, forgetting something or running a maze. A couple days before the Lakeshore Marathon this spring in Chicago I had a dream that I forgot my shoes and found myself at the starting line in flip-flops (my generation called them thongs) and as I watched everyone run by wondering what I should do, a guy ran by wearinf flip-flops so I figued if he could do it, so could I. So, I get to Chicago a few days later and as I hit about the half-mile mark I hear a couple of girls beside me wondering aloud if "the sandel man" was running. I had to tell them about my dream and we had a good laugh.. I guess the "sandel man" is a local "character." Seems every area has one or two of their own! Oh, yea, I ran the Midsouth marathon in Wynne, Arkansas and there was a guy ther running in sandels.. the trail type.