Monthly Archives: March 2012

[171] I’ve already won

Tomorrow morning I’ll line up with some 40,000 other runners and walkers at the Monument Avenue 10k in downtown Richmond. It will be the seventh time I’ve run this race, which has grown by leaps and bounds since its beginning … Continue reading

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[170] Recovery

As I entered my taper period last month I opined that it was the first time I had ever been in that position, having suffered training-ending injuries in my previous two marathon cycles. This winter marked the first time I had made it unscathed … Continue reading

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[169] What’s next?

After training for increasingly longer and more difficult races over the past 16 months, I’ve finally reached the point I knew was coming – the inevitable denouement as things start to ramp down. I’ve had a bit of an empty feeling this … Continue reading

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[168] Shamrock Marathon – lessons learned

So, what happened during Sunday’s race? How do I explain the 13-minute difference between my goal time and the actual result? I think the answer may be far more complicated than just pointing at a particular aspect of my training or preparation that fell … Continue reading

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[167] Shamrock Marathon race report

“It is the journey that matters, in the end.”  – Ursula K. LeGuin And, in the end, this has been a spectacular journey for me, even though the destination ended up being a lesson in suffering and humility. What started last … Continue reading

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[166] Taking it easy?

The hard part about the taper is that you’re forced to take it easy at a time when your body has mostly recovered from training and you have lots of energy to burn. It’s even worse when the weather is … Continue reading

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[165] It’s race week!

It’s finally here – race week! Despite the nerves that I talked about in my last post (thanks for all your encouraging responses!), I’m very excited about this weekend. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time and, … Continue reading

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