Like Steve I wasn't really planning my first marathon. I was a triathlete and figured I ought to do at least one marathon before I 'hung 'em up'. In fact I wasn't even supposed to be running any more (doctor's order seven years before - that's why I got into triathlon to begin with: to save them old legs of mine by sparring them the long training sessions required in 'pure' running). So I clumsily got to the start line (whoever said 'everyone is a coward at the start line"?) and followed the pack. The finish line was such a sight (I had unknowingly picked one of the hardest marathons on the continent)!
But I learned and what I learned had to be put into practice. So, I got into my second marathon and came in tenth out of 300 or so in my age group...
I was hooked. Not on the marathon as a sport, but on the search of the 'perfect' race.
I've started my training program for my second Boston marathon next April and I'm so glad I decided to run one ("just once", I was saying) marathon a few years ago.
I promise : at one point during your first marathon you'll enter a zone that I call the state of grace.
Work at it... and run free.
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