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I’m pleased to bring you a new guest blog from now-frequent- blogger Doug Burdic.  Doug, you see, joined me for a training run last week.  I was supposed to do 1o miles, so he was going to do part of it with me and then head home while I finished my long run.  Well, when we passed the turn off for his house at mile 3, he said he didn’t feel bad and he would do the next 3 mile loop with me.  Anything over 4 would be the longest run he’d ever done, so to have his company for 6 miles was pretty darn good.  Then, we passed the same turn off to his house after completing 6 miles… and for reasons that are still unclear, he continued on with me for the next lap.  I’m here to tell you that I hit the wall sometime in the 7.5 mile range, and having Doug’s company made all the difference to me completing my long run.  In all, we ran 9.38 miles+ 2 lengths of his long driveway. The whole experience, though, has left Doug with more questions than answers…

Why?

By Doug Burdic

Last Saturday I ran nine miles.  Didn’t start out to do that, but that’s just what happened.  I don’t know.  I don’t really want to talk about it other than to say I am not very sore, which is shocking in every way.

Monday, my coworker Tom asked me what I’d done over the weekend, so I told him I ran nine miles.

He looked at me with a mixture of curiosity and horror, arched an eyebrow, and asked “Why?”

Good question, Tom.  Good freaking question.  I don’t have an answer that doesn’t involve an expletive, but speaking of questions…

Do I run now?  Is that what’s happening?  Am I okay with that as a lifestyle choice?  Will I keep doing it?  Do I feel good about it but actually suck at it, and would anyone tell me if that were the case?  Why is everybody I’ve met while running so nice?  Where did you all come from?  Will my foot ever not hurt again?

I didn't take a picture of our training run...but here are Doug's shoes.

Do I train?  What’s training?  It wouldn’t involve frequenting fast-food joints, would it?  No?  How far am I supposed to run?  Do I try and run short races really fast, or do I try for more distance at the pace of a tranquilized snail?  Which way’s better?  What’s a realistic goal for a year from now?  How do I find out?  Is this stuff I’m supposed to know by now?  And where do I find tips and stuff for it?

Do I do other things, like cycling or, I don’t know, pole vaulting or something?  Or this cyclocross deal that sounds like something straight from Greek mythology?  Crosstraining, right?  Or do I just run?  And there again, which way’s better?  Does running get mundane so you find other activities?  Is it easier when the weather’s warmer, or does it at the very least suck less?  Why does every driver at an intersection I’m running through look at me as if I should be taking a long walk off a short pier?

Three months ago, would I have even thought about any of this?

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