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My goal this week is simple: eight miles without hurting. I say as much to Gayle.

“Yeah right,” says a woman in front of me. “No pain, no gain!”

I disagree. I want to do this without damaging my body, and I think I can. I have been stretching all week, and I am going to focus on technique today, not speed. Last week sobered me. But eight miles turns out to be so much easier than six. And, I note with satisfaction, that I still came in before Miss No Pain No Gain.

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In 2005, I stunned myself by signing up to walk the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on behalf of the American Stroke Association. This post is one of a series of reflections and Training Tales from that time. The whole series begins here.