Week 14: Fair-weather Runner

After 1 full marathon, 2 half marathons, a couple of 10-milers and numerous 5Ks, I still don’t think of myself as a true runner. It doesn’t take much to throw me off. Too hot, too cold, too wet, or too icy, and it’s not pretty. I might eat too much or eat too little, not get enough sleep or just not be having the best day, and my run can be a disaster.

However, every once in a while, the stars align. We’re in Spring Island, SC visiting Dad for Spring Break. It’s my favorite place to be. The Low Country of South Carolina is stunning.

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It was time for my second-to-last long run, and the day could not have been better. It was in the high 50s with plenty of sun and a light breeze. It’s hard to express the degree of improvement over running in Minneapolis last week with a wind chill in the 20s.

I had to run 16 miles, so I set out hoping for the best. For the first time this training season, everything delivered. I felt great and ran faster than I have all year. I watched the birds, admired the scenery and generally just enjoyed being outside in springtime.

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It was a much-needed confidence booster for the marathon. With less than a month to go, I am in the final week of intense training before the long-awaited taper.

From a fundraising perspective, things continue to exceed our wildest expectations. We have raised $14,370, thanks to the generosity of 82 donors. Check out our fundraising page to learn more.

We have 1 more week of hard training to go, and then 3 weeks of tapering. There are lots of big developments to come between now and April 26, so stay tuned!

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