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When people find out that I’ve run a marathon they often marvel at the achievement.  And while spending 5 plus hours on my feet on the way to covering the distance is commendable I always tell them this:

Running 26.2 miles is easy.  It’s the 18 weeks of training that leads to the marathon.  It’s logging the summer miles through the summer heat.  It’s dragging your behind out of bed at 6 am when you would much rather just turn over and go back to sleep.  It’s finding the balance between training and over training.  It’s setting that goal, staying focussed  and seeing your way through June, July, August, September and October.  

 That is the tough part.