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by CareyBot

It's hard to believe from the current state of my right knee, but when I was in my 20s, I was a runner.When my friends Eddy and Ellen got married, they made a three-day weekend of it in Burlington, Vt. -- and got every wedding guest who was interested to run a marathon with them. The Burlington Marathon is special in that you can run as a relay team, so I got the "marathon experience" of people lining the streets cheering my achievement while all I actually did was to run a 5K. Still, I never forgot how fun that was. As a result, I have always tried to turn out as a spectator for my local marathon, which is a huge one in New York City, whenever I have the chance. Last year, my husband and I decided to take advantage of our home's proximity to the finish line in Central ...