This month when Akron Marathon Race Director Brian Polen put the 10k medal around my neck at the Goodyear race, I mumbled something like: "Well, that was hard." His reply: "If it wasn't hard, everyone would be doing it."



I thought about that statement several times - almost chanting it like a mantra - as I put in 10.5 miles Saturday, not only a personal record distance for me, but at a faster pace than my 8- and 9-mile runs earlier this month. Many of you put in 12 miles, and I hope you feel extraordinarily accomplished as you continue to recover today!

As with our trial runs of the National Interstate 8k and Goodyear 10k runs this summer, it was an invaluable experience being able to do a practice run of the actual Akron Marathon half marathon course. Organized by Vertical Runner and several other organizations, this annual tradition draws 300 or more people, and this weekend was no exception. The camaraderie along the Blue Line was critically motivating as we all reached a new level of training. A huge thank you not only to the organizers, but all those volunteers at the much needed fluid stations.

On Saturday, we'll return to the Wilbeth Road trailhead of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail at our usual time of 8 a.m.


This week, the training plan for our Relay Teams calls for 5 miles this coming Saturday. Meanwhile, our Half Marathon hopefuls will get a break *wink* with just 9 miles.

-- Paula