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Friday, April 8, 2011 03:53 pm

Marathon time

Once again, I must apologize for being so lackadaisical about posting here. I’m happy to report, however, that I haven’t stopped blogging because I’ve fallen off the wagon. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’ve been training intensely for my first marathon, and the big day is this Sunday! I’ve put in my double-digit miles on Saturdays, including a 20-mile run last weekend. I’m extremely excited about the race, and it will be a huge milestone in my life.

I started running to lose weight in college, and somewhere along the way, I’ve tricked myself into actually enjoying it. Call me crazy, but there’s something rejuvenating about being outside and seeing the city and the countryside in slow-motion. And though it may seem counter-intuitive, the exhaustion that comes with running such long distances is somehow relaxing to me, like an off-switch for my brain.

I’ve run the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon the past two years and always enjoyed it, but this year, I’ve decided to step up the effort and go all out. I’m headed to St. Louis tomorrow, and the race starts at 7 a.m. on April 10.It's 26.2 miles through the St. Louis downtown. More info here: http://www.gostlouis.org/marathon-weekend.html

A bonus benefit of this training is that I no longer feel intimidated by long runs. Now that I know I can do 20 miles, I feel like I can do any distance at all, as long as I take my time and remain confident. With that in mind, I’ve decided not to let this marathon be a peak for me. I’m going to keep adding distance indefinitely to see how far I can go. I may even get into triathlons. With the beautiful spring weather finally here, there is almost unlimited potential for fun and fitness outside. If you’ve been putting off getting in shape for some reason, now is the perfect time to start. It’s never too late!

 Have a great weekend. I know I will!

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