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    Posted March 17, 2014 by
    Fort Myers, Florida

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    2013 Marine Corps Marathon

    I pledged to run the 38th Marine Corps Marathon in 2013, which I did somewhat successfully. The training was hard -- especially training in Florida during the summer (hot! Humid! NOT running weather!). The race event was amazing -- starting with the expo, the runner's seminars, everything. I got to meet well-known authors (Mark Remy, Jeff Galloway), buy signed copies of their books, and learn from both them and the race director. Then... the race! The best on-foot tour of the southern part of Washington DC you'll ever take.

    Alas, I didn't perform as well as I would like; I discovered after the race (when I got home and saw my doctor) that when I was running, I ran with bronchitis and was anemic. That led to me hitting the wall WAY earlier than I expected to (around 15 miles). The only reason it wasn't earlier is that during the race, I spotted Jeff Galloway (an advocate of a run-walk-run method of running), and joined him from Mile 8 to about 15. His sheer joy in running was infectious; he converted me to his run-walk-run method without knowing it, and made sure I finished (I would have tapped out and DNF'd without him). After I sent him and his friends off due to tiring out, I basically walked the final 11 miles; I did sprint up the hill at the finish.

    I also learned that when you finish a marathon and tell the medical staff that you are having trouble breathing and your heart isn't slowing down, they take it pretty seriously. They carried me to get my medal, at my insistence, then off to the Medical tent to be poked and prodded and fed broth (which, BTW, was heavenly. The broth, that is; the poking and prodding was normal medical poking and prodding, which is generally not heavenly).

    So, since the race, I've continued to run and race. I took November basically off, running only a turkey trot 5k and logging probably 20 miles the whole month. December and January saw me back in form training, culminating in running the Naples (FL) Half Marathon and setting a in January PR. I ran more halves in both February (Paradise Coast), and March (Hooters to Hooters, in Fort Myers), setting a PR in March as well.

    I've also signed up for 2 marathons in the fall (Fort Myers Beach in November, and Rockin' Marathon in Cape Coral in December). My wife, oddly enough, wants me to sign up for Key West in October, despite her HATING the training schedule I had to work with (my getting up at 4 AM to run wakes her up). I think she realized that it's win-win; she gets to travel, and I get to run.
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