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How one Los Angeles marathoner came to love -- not loathe -- the long run

How one Los Angeles marathoner came to love -- not loathe -- the long run

Saturday after Saturday, my long run was the same routine.

I had managed to turn what is actually a gorgeous run — Santa Rosa Road in east Ventura County — into a rather joyless exercise that always boiled down to cold, hard numbers.

How many miles? At what pace?

I did these runs alone, and too often I was oblivious to the pastoral scenery along the way.

These runs were for one purpose only: building blocks for my next competitive marathon.

Years later, I can see that I was missing the point of the long run rather badly. I was reminded vividly of that last year, when in a six-week stretch I ran the Los Angeles,...

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