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    Now that I have had a week to recover from the Hamilton Marathon*, I’ve decided to share some stories.  The next few days tell the story of my nearly-perfect day:  my thoughts on the course, the crowd support, and my surprise race partner.  In the last part I will share some of what I was thinking and feeling.  If you’ve run a marathon before, you might be able to relate to some of this stuff, or if you’re sitting on the fence about whether to tackle one, you might see something that is helpful.  Of course, everyone’s experiences and the personal value they attach to the marathon are different – or as they say, YMMV – your mileage may vary!

    *including: coming down with a wicked cold; trying to get some stuff done around the house; and tackling some of the more intellectual tasks that had been neglected due to my complete inability to concentrate on anything else over the week leading up to the race, such as reading the instructions on a frozen pizza box.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!

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    1. Pizza box instructions…preheat oven to 400 and bake for 18 min or until crust is golden brown …
      Your marathon reflections are much more interesting to read…thanks for sharing and I know that many runners will relate…Cheers!

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