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I Ran the New York City Marathon

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Training: 10 Days to Go!

Ten days out and all I can say now is thank god for my team. The long runs were over and we were into our tapering stage. But the full-on obsession of the race had set in. Everything I did was focused on the marathon.

"Honey, I can't go to our friends' house tonight because what if they have a cold and I get sick."

"Oh, I can't eat that. What if it makes me sick?"

"Can you open the door for me? I don't want to get any germs on my hand."

My husband and my non-running friends had about all they could take. The only people who understood were my teammates. We e-mailed, texted, and talked no fewer than 23 times a day.

"Luke, what are you eating for breakfast on race day?"
"Rachel, have you seen the extended 8-day forecast? What if it rains?" (That discussion alone produced 37 freaked out texts back and forth.)
"Joanna, are you taking the ferry or the bus?"

It was like a full time job, but one that was fun. And then finally....

Next:  The Big Day!


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carolccforbes wrote:

Inspiring, and it also taught me a thing or two about marathon running.

8/19/2011 06:09:28 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

Great motivation. I'm running NYC this year.

3/2/2010 12:26:54 PM Report Abuse
pattiwalls wrote:

Great article. Very inspiring. I am running my first 5K in April and continuing my training until I can do a marathon. Thank you for your story. Patti C.

2/24/2010 05:16:10 PM Report Abuse

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