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    Runnin’ against the wind…

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    I had a bit of the “post-race-lazies” this past week, but I finally managed to drag myself out for my first run yesterday.  As I left, I pondered the wind whipping my ponytail around to the front of my head, how I felt like Daffy Duck with his bill spun around, and thought I ought to stay in town today.

    But in my heart I knew I really wanted to run out of town, so I paid attention to the direction of the wind.  As I circled the block I thought, it won’t be so bad – it’ll be coming at my side on the way back.  As I approached the edge of town, my ponytail told me I was right; the grass, trees, and my coat, all told me I was very wrong.

    You can guess what happened.

    I didn’t have a set distance in my mind when I left, so every step I took away from home I thought, if I go X kilometres further, that will make my total run Y, but every step I took away from home I also knew I would have to retrace into the wind.

    You know those bad dreams you get, where you’re running away from something, and you’re running as hard as you can but your legs just won’t respond?  When you lean and you strain but you just can’t make much progress?  Like you are up to your armpits in invisible peanut butter?

    ‘Nuff said.

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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!