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I passed this sign on my run this morning. It is funny (and sad) on so many levels.

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In 490 B.C. a Persian army of at least 25,000 men landed on the Greek plains of Marathon, intending to destroy a small Greek army of perhaps 10,000 soldiers and then proceed to conquer the city state of Athens, the gateway to Greece and the rest of Europe. The Athenians sent Phidippides, a professional runner, on a brutal 140 mile trek south to Sparta to ask for reinforcements. Phidippides covered the rugged terrain on foot in about 36 hours, only to be told by the Spartans that they could not help until the moon was full (10 days later) due to a religious festival. Phidippides turned on his heel and ran the 140 miles back to Athens with the bad news.

Despite being snubbed by Sparta and outnumbered 4 to 1, the Athenians beat back the Persian army at the battle of Marathon, losing only 192 men to the Persians 6400. The Persians retreated to their ships, intending to sail south to Athens to attack the city before the Athenian army could reach it over land. According to Paul Ostapuk:

Phidippides was again called upon to run to Athens (26 miles away) to carry the news of the victory and the warning about the approaching Persian ships. Despite his fatigue after his recent run to Sparta and back and having fought all morning in heavy armor, Phidippides rose to the challenge. Pushing himself past normal limits of human endurance, he reached Athens in perhaps 3 hours, delivered his message and then died shortly thereafter from exhaustion. Sparta and the other Greek city states eventually came to the aid of Athens and were able to turn back the Persian attempt to conquer Greece.

Thus western civilization was saved by a lone runner and the modern sporting tradition of marathoning was born. This past Sunday morning I gathered with perhaps 2000 other insane individuals to pay tribute to this amazing feat by attempting to cover the same 26.2 mile distance at the Little Rock Marathon in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The amazing thing about this race was not that I finished it (which I did, in 4 hours 45 minutes and 21 seconds), but that so many different people could unite behind one another in total goodwill, tirelessly urging each other on to complete an improbable task. For that one Sunday morning we weren’t Americans or immigrants; we weren’t blacks, whites, Asians, or Hispanics; we weren’t Democrats, Republicans, or Independents; we weren’t men or women. For that 6 hours, we were runners. We weren’t running to save the world, but, like Phidippides and the Athenians, we showed that a small group of determined warriors can still beat the odds.

Thanks to my family and friends: Rachel, Emma, Libby, Marcus, Mom, Dad, Meredith, David, Allison, Tammy, Chris, and Angela. Your support got me through the training and through the wall.

Thanks to my running partner Jon. It was a tough 6 months but totally worth it. I look forward to our next race.

Thanks to my fellow runners, friends old and new: Brian, John, Tia, Tom Ed, Mikel, Randy, Dusty, Heather, and Carl. I hope you all enjoyed the race as much as I did.

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After my 20 mile run three weeks ago, I developed some pretty severe pain in my right ankle. I took a couple of days off, then tried to run on it, only to have it hurt even worse. I then made the fateful decision to stop training until the week before the race, in hopes that my ankle would heal. I am glad to say that yesterday I was able to run 5 miles without any pain, so I am returning to full speed ahead. The marathon is this Sunday. Start praying for me now.

Week 21
Monday: off
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: off
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: 2 miles
Sunday: off
Total miles: 2

Week 22
Monday: off
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: off
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: off
Sunday: off
Total miles: 0

Week 23
Monday: off
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: off
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: off
Sunday: 5 miles
Total miles: 5

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Week 19
Monday: off
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: off
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: off
Sunday: off
Total miles: 4

Week 20
Monday: off
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: off
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: 20 miles
Sunday: off
Total miles: 20

I had to really back off training for the last two weeks due to a upper respiratory infection and sick kids. Surprisingly, I felt really good on my 20 mile run this morning; I had a little knee pain here and there, but otherwise a it was a great run.

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Monday: off
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: off
Saturday: 11 miles
Sunday: off
Total miles: 20

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Monday: off
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: 16 miles
Sunday: off
Total miles: 20

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Week 15
Monday: off
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: off
Saturday: off
Sunday: off
Total miles: 9

Week 16
Monday: off
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: 16 miles
Sunday: off
Total miles: 23

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