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Running Toward the End of the Semester

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Katherine Doty

This semester I joined the Marathon Club, and it has provided me with a host of new and exciting opportunities. Starting the week after Christmas break, my friend, Ahni, and I began our training program. Our goals for the semester were to run one 10k, and two half marathons. By accomplishing these goals, we would not only earn our sport credit, but also increase our cardio fitness, strengthen our friendship, and just have some more fun!

Our first race of the year was the Fallen Comrades Half Marathon at West Point. The USCGA Marathon Club was invited to a pasta dinner with other running clubs and to spend the night in West Point’s barracks. Because other teams such as Navy’s Marathon Club and the Canadian Royal Military College were present, I was able to spend time with a diverse group of runners. It was so much fun to compare the similarities and differences between our academies. The race itself was awesome (even though there were endless hills), and I was ecstatic to have completed my first half marathon.

Next came the 10k: Bradley Road Race in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. In comparison to 13.1 miles, 6.2 miles seemed like nothing. The weather was beautiful, and I had a great time interacting with people from the community who also came out to run.

Now we only have one race left: a half marathon in Rhode Island. I’m excited to complete this season of racing, and I can’t wait for the next one! Earlier in my Academy experience, I failed to realize how much I missed distance running with my friends. Now that Ahni and I run together almost every day, that gap in my heart has been closed.

As always, feel free to reach out anytime!!

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