“And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind.
I can never leave the past behind.
I can see no way, I can see no way.
I’m always dragging that horse around.
All of his questions, such a mournful sound.
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground.
So I like to keep my issues drawn,
But it’s always darkest before the dawn”
– Florence + the Machine, “Shake It Out”
I woke up at four thirty in the morning on the day of my first marathon. Surprisingly, despite the combination of nerves, anxiety, and excitement, I was able to sleep through most of the night.
We had gotten to Washington, D.C. in the early afternoon the day before. I wanted to give myself enough time to get situated, since it was the first race I signed up for that was more than a forty-five minute drive away…
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