The beginning of the "official" training starts after the Boston Marathon 2009.
Leading up to this I have been spending my time, aside from running, researching equipment, and planning a training strategy. Looking at this year results, in the Men's Foot and Snowshoe, 5 of the 8 competitors dropped out. This enforces the prepared boyscout in me and I know I have a lot to learn in the next 51 weeks, including this blogging thing.
I will be starting, as per Kimber's suggestion, putting together a master list that I will publish and then start whittling down as decisions are made.
Hope it is a fun journey
ETA - Here is the Gear List Link - a work in process document, but when finished something I hope I can share with current and future competitors. Comments on the list ALWAYS welcome