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At The Peak of Marathon and Half Marathon Season

Posted Oct 17 2008 9:13pm

Strange how after only a few weeks, seems like we’re suddenly at the midway point of the core of “marathon season.”  There are other great marathons other times of the year but these weeks are packed— Twin Cities and Chicago behind us, Columbus,Detroit,Des Moines, and Kansas City this weekend, Marine Corps Marathon in a week, followed by New York City and Richmond then Philadelphia.  Between the first of October and middle of November Marathon Guide lists 125+ marathons. That’s a whole lot a marathonin’ goin' on.

Virgin_records A few of us were standing around the office and the expression came out that there are a lot of runners “losing their marathon and half marathon virginity” during these weeks.   There is nothing quite as memorable and nerve-wracking as our first race, but particularly the half or full marathon. 

Best wishes to all those racing this weekend.  Special vibes going out to BRFs converging on Columbus, including Laurel, PennySuzanne, and Kate.  We will be following your success on Sunday morning. 

Our support is with Sandywho faces a decision today of whether run in Columbus on Sunday.  Nursing some hip and groin pain, Sandy has had her eyes set on Columbus all summer hoping to BQ, and now she faces whether she can run at all. 

Not sure if anybody is more excited or prepared than Bob at Da Big Leap who will be running Kansas City.  His story of how he got to this point is inspiring and he has optimized his training with such dedication.  Go Bob!

I also forgot to mention our friend Betsy earlier this week when I was crowing about the Des Moines Marathon.   We're excited for you Besty.

Before I wrap up this shout out, I want to wish the best to Joe   who has been running, learning, and posting with such passion for months.  Joe is running his first race this weekend in Chicago, and we wish him so much luck and enjoyment! 

Everyone get last-minute rest, safe travels and enjoy the excitement.  We're looking forward to your reports. 

Amy and I can help you proclaim "I AM A RUNNER"with bracelets, but you're on your own announcing that you're no longer a marathon virgin or half marathon virgin!

Good Luck!

Virgin Sign on Flickr by Mycb

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