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by Robert Reese One of the great things about running marathons is that you never know what to expect, no matter how many of them you've already run. Sure, you probably have a better idea what's going to happen than you did back when you toed the line for the first time, but when you're running 26.2 miles, nothing is for sure. Last Sunday, down in Virginia Beach, I ran my 19th marathon. Going into it, I was confident -- a little too confident, in fact -- that I'd be able to finish under three hours. But by midrace, I was in trouble. Thankfully I found the extra drive I needed, in an unexpected way. Around mile 8, I attached myself to a group of three other runners -- two Navy guys and a woman in black shorts and a sports bra -- using them as a form of cruise control. But when we hit a strong headwind and slowed. I dumbly ran ahead, wasting energy instead and not gaining al...

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