It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst Of Times

Why one of my slowest race times was one of my best times ever

B. Lorraine Smith
Runner's Life
Published in
6 min readDec 27, 2023

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A view of the bag check at the Montreal marathon, taken an hour before the start gun. It all looked so simple.

Running has a way of shaping time. Running up steep hills slows time down. Running in sight of a finish line speeds it up.

I ran my tenth marathon in September 2023. My race buddy had to bail on zero notice. I missed my start gun by 25 minutes even…

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B. Lorraine Smith
Runner's Life

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact. https://www.blorrainesmith.com/