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RRCA Roads Scholar McCandless’s Trials Recap

This past Saturday morning I toed the line with 111 of the best American marathoners.  I had qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials (OT) in my debut marathon at the California International Marathon (CIM) in December of 2010.  Leading into CIM I had done only 4 weeks above 100 miles in that build-up and walked away with a 2:17:22 personal best.  I did very few workouts at marathon pace in that build-up and honestly I may have been a bit lucky in that race, plus CIM might be the fastest course in the country.  After CIM, my training and racing has been spectacular with the exception of a few races this fall.  Between CIM and the OT I never missed one day of training for sickness, injury, or lack of motivation (which is next to impossible for me).  The only days off were scheduled days off.  In that time, I averaged 100 miles per week if you do not count the two weeks off I took after Grandma’s and Chicago marathons.  That’s a pretty impressive amount of training and I did all of the little things right to be well prepared for Saturday from nutrition to massages to sleeping and everything in between.

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