So, part of my weekend plan worked, and part did not. I ran in the Freedom’s Run Marathon in Shepardstown, West Virginia last Saturday as a long training run, and loved it, despite the rain and cold temps. The course took us through three National Parks: Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal, and Antietam Battlefield. It was one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever run on, anywhere. Even the roller-coaster hills in the second half of the race couldn’t get me down. Congratulations to Mark Cucuzzella of Two Rivers Threads Running http://www.trtreads.org/ for organizing a great day — I especially appreciated the pizza and beer at the finish!
The downside was that I was in no mood to race a half-marathon the following day, especially when I heard the sound of rain in the pre-dawn gloom outside my window. Apparently I was the only one who actually thought I might still want to race; no one elses was surprised when I told them I ended up rolling over and staying in bed.
But the road goes on: I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon this coming Sunday, and the Marine Corps Marathon a few weeks after, both as part of my training for the Cairo 100K next month. If you’re runing in any of those, let me know!
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