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Half Marathon Training… sort of

on August 12, 2013

IMG_3881It’s true. Rob and I have committed to running (or at least walking) a half marathon in a few weeks! Neither of us has been properly training, but it’s happening nonetheless. In our meek defense, it’s so hot here that the only time you can really run long distances is after the sun goes down… or before it comes up. My relatively short running route does, however, take me past the Panathenaic Stadium, which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The name of the long-distance race comes from the legend of a Greek runner, who was sent from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce that the heavily outnumbered Athenian army had defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping, but collapsed and died from exhaustion moments after proclaiming his message to the city: “Nenīkēkamen!” (“We have won!”) The sport of marathon running was established centuries later during the first modern Olympics in Athens. Not a bad source of athletic inspiration!


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