I don’t want to create a false impression.  I struggle with running, and I am not good at it. I am extremely slow. My first attempt at a half-marathon went well enough.  I ran eight miles, walked a bit, ran a bit more and finished in 3 hours and five minutes.  I actually placed last in Charlottesville.  The race, like many, has a three-hour time limit.  Much to my dissatisfaction, I could not go faster than 3 hours in Ashland, either, and again, I finished last.  I’m still training and improving, however.  Last fall, in the Richmond race, I felt different (stronger and faster) and I finished in 2:47.  Next up, Charlottesville, April 7, 2012.

by Joshua Michael Friedman

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