The best advice I’ve been given.

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It was February 2016. I was preparing to race the 1500 meters at the USATF Masters Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With only one month to go, it suddenly occurred to me I had no business running at a national event.

Three months before this event, I ran my first ever mile race. I was totally inexperienced at racing this distance. In college, I ran the 5k, and when I graduated, I started trying out longer distances. I even ran two marathons.

When I had my kids, I stopped racing altogether. While I kept up my training, it was too difficult to commit to a race while raising young children. My husband traveled for work and had an erratic schedule. Besides the one race I had finished a few months prior, I hadn’t raced in over ten years. …


Amy J. Wall

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