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From Rene', 10/20/2008

First off let me say THANK YOU!!! to Ron and everyone in our group.  Baltimore was fantastic, my favorite marathon to date, even more than my first.  I set a big goal for myself, and was mostly comfortable that I could do it (at least until the week prior to the marathon, when I was sure I bit off more than I could chew).  My goal for Baltimore was a 4:15.  To many this is no big deal, but for me it is 24 minutes and change faster than my previous best, which was a 4:39:23 at the B&A Trail Marathon, which is flat.  My finish time at Baltimore was 4:14:17.  I never could have done this without Ron's program and all the support and advice that I got from him and other members of the group.  I used all the advice given at the "after the run get togethers", specifically Ron, Paula and Jeff's advice.  A special thank you to Paula, Sandy and Rose for being at the race.  When I felt like I wasn't going to make it, I just kept telling myself that I just had to make it to your table.  It was so great to see you there, it really gave me the "pick me up" that I needed to finish strong.  

 I never would have met my goal without everyone's support.  I can't tell all of you enough just how much better my life is because of running with our group.  I wouldn't have found the joy in running that I have without being part of all of this. 

Thank you, Rene'

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