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More busy runners are pushing themselves in endurance races. Maybe you should too!

There's not a lot of mystery when it comes to training for an epic race. (And let's just get this out there: The training cycle is not particularly interesting to anybody but the athlete, who spends so much time inside her head that the workouts and race naturally take on an elevated sense of importance and glory.) I swam, biked, and ran for increasingly longer periods of time, scaled back on workouts for a week or so to "recover," then went out to swim, bike, and run even longer. My first week of training took eight hours; my longest weeks neared 20. I'd end up devoting around 320 hours total to training for Ironman, which is almost two full weeks–more vacation time in a year than I've had since my kids were born. I tried not to look ahead at my workouts because, cumulatively, they made me nauseous. I could handle glancing at them only one day at a time–and even then, the...

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