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Boston bug chirps as I enter my last marathon training week

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webmaster | 08/15/13

That Boston bug is still chirping in my ear. I’ve been swatting it away with all of my injuries, time off, and general self-doubt, but it’s still there.

I know I can’t qualify for the Boston Marathon at the Santa Rosa Marathon. There’s no way I could finish 26.2 miles in three hours and 35 minutes.

But what if I can? That’s the nagging question. Can I run that many miles at a consistent 8:12 per mile pace? I can run 10 miles at that pace, for sure. I might even be able to run a half marathon at that pace. But a full marathon? That’s asking too much. I think.

I won’t really know until I try. But I’m almost afraid to try to keep that pace, because I’m worried I’ll start out too fast and end up hurting myself before the entire marathon is over...


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