I've logged between 400 and 500 miles in preparation for each, not including the races themselves.
Still, though....the first time in any training I successfully manage more than 20 miles on an outing (which was, today) running the length of Newton and then the length of Brookline and back out the entire length of the Emerald Necklace, starting and finishing uphill, avoiding sunburn and windburn and dehydration and boredom ...
That this happens, and that life can continue after, still humbles the f*%& out of me.
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(As does the water of Southie's Pleasure Bay in April. Holy f@#$, indeed.)