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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Dogging The Run

It’s all about the dogs. Fargo Marathon Race Director Mark Knutson was on to something when he expanded marathon week events to include a dog run. When this year’s race reached the 500-dog maximum capacity, he opened up registration to allow more entries. For weeks, I debated whether to have Cooper’s first race come at…
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Like A Runner, Again

Near the end of a high-mileage week, at the end of April, I returned home from work and laced up the shoes. Expecting to slog through a workout, my main motivation to get out the door was to avoid feeling guilty for not running. But something strange happened along the way. It actually felt good. In the…
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