Post Marathon Recap

It seems the Fargo Marathon has upstaged itself. With ideal racing weather — it was 47 degrees at the start and just an 8 mph breeze from the northeast — marathon morning promised perfect conditions for runners. Lining up near the back of the marathon coral, runners appeared serious — but optimistic and energetic. Months…
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It Takes Commitment

It takes commitment to run a race. Not the half-hearted kind. But the real stuff — determination, doggedness, single-minded focus and preparation. Barring injury, going through the motions is a waste of talent, opportunity and time. It takes far longer to prepare for a race than it takes to complete it. At every moment of…
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Define Your Destiny

The pre-race ritual before nearly every Fargo Marathon weekend has been pretty much the same. Sitting quietly on the floor of the Fargodome concourse, the headphones slip over my ears. Methodically, gear is adjusted until each piece fits perfectly, as though it really isn’t there. A small snack. My eyes close as I review the course in my…
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A Good Shakeout

Marathon week is always full of potential pitfalls. It helps to eliminate all of the distractions, even if it means putting life on hold for a few days. Managing emotions, stress and energy levels can make or break months of training. Several dozen runners met for a regular Tuesday night group run. My plan was to…
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