After 13 marathons, I agree with you. Recovery is faster and each race is harder to get excited about. I'm hoping that failure and embarrassment is a motivator. In the DC Marathon, I broke a sesamoid bond in my left foot and ended up walking the second half, for a miserable time of 5:30.
As a result of the poor performance, I'm now doing far more weight training and cross training to prepare for the fall.
In your case, I'm actually impressed by your time given the amount of walking you said you did. Perhaps you will get an overwhelming desire desire to wipe out that performance with a stellar marathon in Fall 2002. Good luck!
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