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Hey, what happened to Workout Wednesdays?

Well, for the past few weeks, those would be pretty boring.  Basically, I ran an amazing half marathon on February 15, then I went on a cruise and ran an awesome 5K, got home, caught my brother’s cold, and haven’t been fully healthy since.  I’ve still got a lingering cough, but I’d say I’m on the mend.  The super dry air probably hasn’t helped, so thank goodness for a warmish, rainy day.

I did get through 8 miles of speedwork last night, which was impressive, since it’s the longest I’ve rune since my half marathon.  It felt pretty good.  Well, as good as speedwork can feel, anyway.  The problem definitely wasn’t my lungs.

On another subject, a coworker recently mentioned to me that she was thinking about trying to run the Chicago Marathon.  She and I work in different departments, but met because we both have running related stickers on the back of our cars.  She’s never done a marathon and just isn’t sure that it’s for her.

I told her that while I didn’t plan to run another marathon anytime soon, I had done two and it was definitely worth doing.  There’s only one way to find out if a marathon is for you and that’s to try.  If she’s been doing half marathons, she’s already on the right track, and Chicago is certainly an awesome first full, from what I’ve heard.

So this advice goes for all of you who are thinking about marathons.  Yes, the training does take up a bunch of time, but it’s certainly an accomplishment to run those 26.2 miles.  Some people will tell you that after one, you will be hooked.  After one, I was unsure.  So I ran another one.  And I decided it wasn’t for me, but I definitely don’t regret those two marathons.  Now I have done it, I know I can do it, and I can check it off the list.  Maybe I’ll run another one someday, maybe I won’t.  But it’s certainly worth doing once.

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