Complex, Uncommon And Unbroken

“Nothing else matters much when you are in the grips of great pain, struggling to somehow persist and continue forging onward against staggering odds. These endeavors would temporarily ruin my body but cleanse my soul.” — Dean Karnazes on running ultramarathons in Road to Sparta It’s been nearly 6¬†weeks since Grandma’s Marathon, when shortly after…
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The Path Forward

Sometimes the path forward isn’t always clear. That’s true in life and running. After running Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday, that’s certainly the case for me. There was good reason to feel confident heading into the race; training had gone exceptionally well, especially since the Fargo Marathon, and most of the details leading up to the…
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Marathon Reprise

The challenge is getting to the starting line. The reward is the race. The celebration is crossing the finish line. Those thoughts struck me while standing at the starting line for 2010 Grandma’s Marathon. Two years earlier, I worried about completing my first 26.2-mile race, and wondered whether I could make it the entire distance,…
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Blow Out The Carbon

An ominous forecast gave little hope for a drama-free 5K. Nonetheless, after work, I zipped home and put on my running clothes, and anything short of lightning was not going to prevent a quick 3.1-mile spin to get some leg turnover before Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday. A nice crowd showed up, and I liked the…
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