wsj: Marathon Advice Straight From the 1970s – – A father’s journal guides his daughter’s first attempt at the New York City Marathon

If I can get healthy, get over my current running injury and avoid future ones, training for and running a marathon could be a good thing for me . . .


As a form of encouragement, my father, now an avid swimmer, sent the journal he kept at the time of his first marathon—a spiral “Perfect Penmanship” blue notebook with Running 1978 written and underlined on the cover . . .

Its yellowed pages, taped newspaper clippings and hand-drawn charts are record-keeping of a bygone era devoid of connected fitness gadgets. Each dated entry—there are more than 200—has the mileage marked on the left column. There is an illustrated map of his go-to run around a local reservoir.

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