Throttle Slowly, Then Hammer Down

The biggest mistake many runners, experienced and novice alike, make on race day is starting out too fast. I’ve been there, and found out the hard way in several races last year as a newbie to the sport. It took about 7 or 8 races to figure out that I was starting too fast, and…
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Tough To Taper

Today I stopped to chat with a friend who is running this Saturday’s marathon to see how he was doing. Before I could ask, he mentioned that tapering down the miles were bothering him. He’s a veteran marathoner, though, and knows what he’s doing. It will be two short, easy runs before Saturday to ensure…
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The Fargo Shootout

Spectators for the Fargo Marathon could see a shootout among the men’s leaders. In today’s Forum newspaper, Kevin Schnepf reports two-time champion Chad Wallin will be back to defend his title. He’ll likely have to run a great race to capture his third consecutive time since two runners from the Minnesota-based Duma Running Club will…
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The First Time

For those of you who’ve run races, do you remember that first one? What it was like? Who was there? My first race was last year’s relay in the Fargo Marathon. Not only was I running in it, somehow I convinced three co-workers – all former collegiate runners – to join my team. Here I…
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Countdown For 11,000+

It’s race week for more than 11,000 people planning to run in Saturday’s Fargo Marathon, and undoubtedly there are some who are getting nervous. Questions of self-doubt are normal before a race: Can I finish? Will I hit my pace or finishing goal? What will others think of me? If you look, there’s inspiration all…
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Big Miles And Other Notes

For the past 3+ months of marathon training, Saturdays have been my dedicated long run day. Unlike other weeks, though, I wasn’t too excited today to get out the door for "big miles," those runs of 18 or miles. A tiring week of work, topped off with drizzle and some pretty strong winds, just didn’t…
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