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It's Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

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In the 2 months since I've written a post, the seasons have changed and it's lovely and cold now; perfect winter running weather with just a dusting of snow for good grip on the trails. Yesterday was clear, cold and brilliantly sunny - running with my friends Ben and Jamie on a quiet trail alongside the sparkling Coaticook river, it was one of those days where everything seemed right with the world.

I am tentatively thinking about running my tenth marathon next spring, and so have been slowly upping the mileage to build a good base before starting to train in earnest after Christmas. The title of this post refers to a kind of mantra I use when training (and have often subjected my training partners to). Although it sounds negative, it is a reminder that on some runs I am just going to feel awful. My body will initially protest the increasing mileage, but as the weeks go by I will get stronger and faster. Interestingly, I find that I almost always feel great on long runs - it is…