Yesterday, April 7, 2012, I ran the Charlottesville Half Marathon for the second time.  Although I felt stronger this year, my finishing time did not reflect it.  In fact, with an unplanned port-a-potty queue of five minutes, it was actually worse.  Here I am about 45 minutes after finishing, none too pleased.  In fact, it was a beautiful day and a challenging course.   My post-race recovery was a lot better than it’s been in past half marathons.  It took me about a day to get over my initial disappointment, and I stand by today’s tweet: “no beginners like me here, but I’d much rather be surrounded by those who excel at the sport than the alternative.”

by Joshua Michael Friedman

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