So I finished the Pittsburgh Marathon! My time was 4 hours, 56 minutes. Not what I ideally wanted, but with the heavy rain throughout and the possibilities of the calf and heel issues resurfacing, I was quite happy to finish. So yes, the rain started at mile 2 and did not stop until we got off the plane in Raleigh that night! In all seriousness, it did rain a lot, enough to make me decide to switch shoes at mile 20 (thanks mom and dad for having them out on the course!)
The rain and my electronics did not mesh either. I took my Blackberry along to take some pictures and be the first person to ever Plurk a marathon. Definitely did that, but I handed off my Blackberry to my Aunt around mile 18. It died, even with the Ziplock bag home I made for it and pinned in my pocket. Coming to the finish, the last 3 miles, I listened to POD’s Satellite continuously. While a GREAT motivational song, hearing it repeatedly did nothing for getting me to the finish line. So my iRiver e100 died as well.
That led me to the mp3/mp4/multimedia market. I definitely liked my iRiver Clix and e100s, as they work well with Ubuntu. The Clix actually worked with playlists and Amarok, which I REALLY liked. So when starting the search for a new player, that would probably be a must. I looked at iRiver, but could not find the Clix still on sale. I looked at their Lplayer, but I really thought the thickness may interfere when running. I heard good things about Cowon, so I began to read the reviews on their flagship, the S9. It really looks like the iPod Touch. Nice, thin, and sleek, with a curved back. A little smaller than the Touch, which is appreciated, as I tried to run with the wife’s, and its bulky size made it uncomfortable on my arm. It plays .ogg, so a definitely plus. Works well with Linux, even saying so on the website, and reports are it works with Amarok. I just ordered it, so I will discuss it when it arrives.