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Saturday, July 12, 2003

so, uh, what happened?

wow. where did the time go? for those of you who still bother to check around these parts - i did, indeed, finish the flying pig marathon. i don't know why i never bothered to update the site. i think i wanted to wait for photos to come back and 1 week turned into 2 which turned into a month. and then two months. these things happen.

so, i finished. and it was hard. who knew cincinnatti had so many hills. if you haven't been following along since the beginning, i injured myself training for the 2002 chicago marathon and the unjury was exacerbated by hills. it took a lot of mental energy to not succomb the dark side. i purposefully ran conservatively and finished in a little over 5 hours. i figured i'd rather finish slow than collapse in heap at mile 20.

of course, it didn't take long for kris and i to decide that we chicago marathon in october. so, after taking around 6 weeks off, i'm running regularly again. this week i ran 4, 6, 4 and 10 miles. it was my first 10 miler since the marathon and it was a little tough, but not too bad. i made the silly mistake of eating a largish meal consisting of refried beans and chicken in corn tortillas before running. apparently waiting an hour and half before running is not nearly long enough. it's never a good idea to force your blood to choose between going to your stomach to aid in digestion and going to your muscles to aid in running. somehow i didn't get cramps, but it sure felt like i was going to. anyway, it was nice to get out and put in a few miles. i feel like i'm finally getting my strength back.

7:18 PM

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runner's world / joe henderson / chicago marathon /

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