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webmaster | 11/14/13

Patience is something I obviously lack.

Everyone keeps telling me it takes runners YEARS to qualify for the Boston Marathon. But I was also told, “marathons are for people who’ve been running for years,” and I’ve completed two since I started running last November. So a lot of what people tell me about patience and what’s “supposed to” happen goes in one ear and out the other.

I keep thinking, “I’m different! That doesn’t apply to me!” I’ll be the first to admit that my attitude is… overconfident. (That’s putting it nicely.)

But I’ll also be the first to admit that the marathon has a way of humbling a person. “Respect the distance” is something I’ve heard repeatedly from more experienced runners. I respect it, there’s no doubt about that. Twenty-six miles and 385 yards is nothing to look down on. But I’m impatient and I want to BQ as soon as possible...


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