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I turn 40 today. Last weekend, I ran a marathon trying to break four hours. I’m getting older, yet I’m still aiming for my personal best. It’s one of the many amazing things about running.
I did worse than my last marathon. And I'm okay with it. I know I can do better than what my time says. Perhaps it was because I didn't have my usual running buddy. I think that hurt my pacing. (I need to trick more people into running with me.)
Running is much more than your finish time. I learn something from every race, be it diet, pacing, training, sleeping or recovery. As I turn 40, here are a few things I’ve learned about running and exercise over the years.
Aaron Hewitt, OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Physician Assistant