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The torture of the marathon taper

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webmaster | 03/20/14

If you thought marathoners were crazy for running 26.2 miles for fun, let me tell you what’s really crazy: Me, the week before the marathon.

Especially this marathon.

On Sunday, I’ll run my third 26.2-miler, the Modesto Marathon, with the hope of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. I must cross the finish line within 3 hours and 35 minutes to BQ, which means I must run faster than an 8:12-per-mile pace.

I have it this time. I know I do. I’ve trained harder than ever. I feel stronger and faster than ever. I’m injury-free and mentally a smarter racer than I was in November at the Two Cities Marathon in Fresno, where I finished in 3:53...


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