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Lloyd - what a terrific race! You set your goals, trained to them, and gave an effort that pretty much left everything out on the course. Congratulations on the PR and a truly inspiring effort.
 

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What a fantastic recap and superb execution! I thought about our conversations a lot while running this past weekend and relate more than ever to...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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You are a true role model and I am beyond excited that you stuck to the plan and made it happen!
 

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Congrats Lloyd - that's a great race. It shows a lot of physical and mental strength to hit a few hard miles like that at 20 and persevere through it while maintaining pace. Great run.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>After checking the weather 11,293 times</b> during the week with forecasts for heavy rain and wind, we got lucky to catch decent marathon conditions with temps starting in the upper 50s and staying there throughout.</div>
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Glad to see I'm not the only one with the weather checking obsession. I confessed to <b>Maria</b> right before the start of Illinois that I checked my iphone weather app at 2:30 a.m. when I got up to pee just to see if it had miraculously improved. It didn't.<br><br>
Congrats on a fabulous PR. You trained hard and executed perfectly. Your training and racing are very inspirational.
 
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