This past fall, I started working on an essay about how I trained to become a faster marathoner. I had done everything I could to break 2:44 at age 30, so why was I able to break 2:30 at age 44? But as I started to work on the essay, I got pulled deep into questions that went way beyond my training log—and made me think about my father, his father, and my sons too. It also made me reconsider the struggle I had with thyroid cancer 15 years ago and it made me think about the way subconscious barriers hold us back. It's long, but it's by far the most personal thing I've ever written. I hope that you'll give it a read.
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