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The Heart of a Runner

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  • Chapter 1: The Challenge

  • Max

    I never was one to wake up early on a Sunday morning.

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  • My mom used to call it my lazy day.

  • But last month, my dad challenged me.

  • Max

    He asked me to run a 15K race with him.

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  • I'm a sucker for a challenge.

  • And he knew it.

  • Max

    I told him to bring it on.

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  • Running was never really my thing.

  • It was my dad's.

  • Max

    He's been running and racing for many years.

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  • He told me a 15K race was 9.3 miles.

  • Then I panicked.

  • Max

    That's when Sunday mornings became my training time.

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  • * * *

  • Max

    I awake extra early this morning.

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  • And I feel pumped!

  • I'm eager to tackle this fine, spring day.

  • Max

    I lean against Ralph, our oak tree.

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  • I need to tighten my running shoes.