Marathon babbling

Distance: 6.2 mi

Miles to go: 1452

Ran the exact same distance as I did yesterday and was over a minute and twenty seconds a mile faster this morning.  Last mile was a 7:10…  Anybody wanna try to explain this to me?

Oh, by the way, no lasting effects of the allergic reaction I had yesterday.  Anybody wanna explain THIS to me?

The taper madness has begun in earnest for those prepping for their fall marathons.  The Chicago people especially are babbling incessantly about not running but wanting to run but not too fast but feeling faster but not taking chances…  Good grief…  Did I do that?

…of course I did.

The Columbus people haven’t quite hit rock bottom yet and are still in their post “last long run” bliss.  This too shall change.  I do love the fact that a lot of the talk has already turned to life after their marathons.  Many want to qualify for Boston, which, if it happens, will fuel their obsession even more.  But most either have already qualified or have no interest, so they are talking about things like adventure running, trails and getting fast at the shorter distances.  A lot of them are also talking already about running our local marathon, the Heart of America Marathon, next labor day.  This will be the 50th running of this little marathon and for anyone looking for a challenge, I dare you to run it.  C’mon… You’ve got a whole year to train…  Hope it’s enough…

Seriously though, this is a TOUGH marathon.  Six BIG hills, the last one coming at mile 23 (brutal).  Support is minimal (every two miles… ish.  Bring your own support!) but enthusiastic, and the weather is legendary Missouri heat and humidity.  This is one you can brag about when you are done.  IF you finish…  Most of the time there are about 200 starters and about 125 finishers.  So if you are up for a REAL challenge at a historic marathon.  I will provide the party afterwards!

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