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13
Apr
16

Marathon No. 14: An unforgettable year

Some years, my body “takes” to running. Some years not.

There have been years when my legs have felt tired and stale. It happens, since I run year-round.

But 2011 wasn’t one of them. Continue reading ‘Marathon No. 14: An unforgettable year’

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11
Apr
16

Marathon No. 13: Paying homage

There are small-town marathons. And there are small marathons.

And there are three-dollar marathons. OK, there may only be one of those.

The Frank Newman Marathon, which starts in Bozeman, may be the lowest-key marathon ever. And the least expensive. Continue reading ‘Marathon No. 13: Paying homage’

10
Apr
16

Marathon No. 12: Forgot about the pain

My first marathon as Masters runner (age 40 and up) and my first as a father happened on Aug. 28, 2010. It was three years after my previous one, and everything I remembered from previous marathons came back.

Including the pain. Continue reading ‘Marathon No. 12: Forgot about the pain’

10
Apr
16

Marathon No. 11: ‘You’re in first place!’

After a surprisingly smooth recovery after a magnificent Mesa Falls, I started having some impure thoughts about riding this wave I was on. The local Lewis and Clark Marathon was just four weeks after Mesa Falls, and about two weeks out, I started thinking about running L&C as well.

But I first needed a test run. I decided go for about an hour and 40 minute run halfway between the races. If I felt good, I’d go for it. I did, so I did. Continue reading ‘Marathon No. 11: ‘You’re in first place!’’

08
Apr
16

Marathon No. 10: Spread your wings and fly

If there ever was a race that I’d like clone, it’s the August 2007 edition of the Mesa Falls Marathon in Idaho. Obviously I was in good shape for this one. And it was no accident.

This was the year I tried to run as many races as possible because my wife and I were going to be traveling to China in December to adopt a little girl. Knowing I wasn’t going to have as much time and energy to run once our new addition “arrived,” I became a bit of a serial racer. Continue reading ‘Marathon No. 10: Spread your wings and fly’

08
Apr
16

Marathon No. 9: Staying local

I had never run a marathon in the town that I lived in until toeing the line for the Lewis and Clark Marathon in Bozeman in the fall of 2006. The name for the race is a popular one.

There’s a Lewis and Clark Marathon in Missouri and an L & C half in Washington.

The Bozeman edition runs near where Captain William Clark camped in 1806, 200 years before I ran this hilly course. Continue reading ‘Marathon No. 9: Staying local’

07
Apr
16

Marathon No. 8: Boston weather finally cooperates

After letting Boston go for a year, I was able to return for the 2006 edition. This trip back was different from the prior one in that my wife stayed back in Bozeman. Airfare was too expensive for both of us to go.

Fortunately, I had plenty of family and friends to help me out in getting around and for places to sleep.

With the help from Bozeman Chronicle – which was always very supportive of my running, paying for many of my race fees during the “good old days” before the recession – I made the trip into a working one. Continue reading ‘Marathon No. 8: Boston weather finally cooperates’