Do You Have What It Takes to Run a Marathon?

October 1, 2014 3:57 PM

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Do You Have What It Takes to Run a Marathon?

I woke up yesterday morning both excited and apprehensive about my 21-mile run. It's become a familiar feeling for me during marathon training. It manifests itself in repeated bathroom visits and an obsessive compulsive routine of checking and re-checking every detail of my run before leaving the house. This includes water, fuel, weather, course details, timing, gear, shoes, scheduling and anything else that crosses my mind.

I usually drive out with a cup of coffee to scout my route and drop off water bottles like Easter eggs. But my wife generously offered to do that for me so that I could get a jump on the day. The temperature at 7:30 a.m. was a perfect 68 degrees, but the forecast was for sunny skies and 85-degree we...

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