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Just keep running...just keep running!

Okay, it has been a really long time since I've published a new post, but I figured it's time. My latest hobby is...running! Eleven weeks ago my wife, Kara, and I watched Spirit of the Marathon for an at-home date night--not a particularly romantic choice, but it's what she wanted to watch so I went with it. It follows two elite and three amateur runners training for the Chicago marathon. After the movie, we looked at each other and knew: we wanted to do this and we wanted to do it together. Even after seeing the problems the runners had during training, even with Kara's experience of running four marathons and one half-marathon 12 years ago, we wanted to go for it.

I was reasonably fit, but hadn't run in about 10 years and the longest run I'd ever done was seven miles, and I only got that high once. Kara was also reasonably fit, but she hadn't run long distance since her last marathon in 2005. So the first thing we did was look up a training plan. Kara fou…

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