Train for the Barrington Freedom Run this Sept
Posted April 25th, 2011
Several people have asked about this years Barrington Freedom Run...Sponsored by www.we-do-care.org (who hasn't offically posted this year's event on its website, this event has always raised awaremenss for the realities of sending young men and women to far off lands for the cause of freedom. It is truly an inspiring event. Here is a "from-the-couch-to-the startline" plan to finish this year's race:
Walk 20 min
Walk 20 min
Walk 20 min
Walk 20 min
Take it easy, just move your body forward!
Run/Walk 20 min
Marine Corps Marathon (mile 22-26.2)
Posted December 13th, 2010
Coming of the bridge, having 21 miles behind me, and feeling moisture reappear on my forehead and shoulders, I knew that I was going to make it. My feet were pounding, and I could feel my leg muscles begging for shorter and shorter strides. My calves and my heiney were tightening up, but nothing serious. I had walked enough during the "I'm no longer sweating" phase that I was barely winded at all. However, my will had taken a significant blow.
Some famous coach or military leader once said "Fatigue makes cowards of us all". It is true. My zeal for sightseeing, my awareness of the crowd, my excitement for the event, and my dialogue with other runners essentially ended ab...
Marine Corps Marathon (mile 17-22)
Posted November 27th, 2010
This run is amazing! It has been flat since mile 6 and there is a new monument or symbol or historic something around every corner. From 15-17 I looked for my family and the crowd was overwhelmingly huge. Finally, after rounding the Lincoln memorial and heading up toward the White House I caught their eye. Another helping of Endurance Cubes and a big swig of Gatorade was refreshing, but not nearly as refreshing as seeing them. My mom, dad, wife, son and daughter all their to support and encourage me. It was really cool to stop and hang for a few seconds there.
After leaving them, I did a quick status update and all systems were "go"! I wasn't breathing too hard, my heart rate was perf...
Marine Corps Marathon (mile 10-16)
Posted November 21st, 2010
This thing is getting real now! The water stations are not just for mere refreshment anymore. I am thirsty and need the little break. Oh, someone is screaming my name...yes! It is! It's Paige!!!! I haven't seen her since the start line and didn't really expect to find her. She had my Endurance Cubes, tasty little gummy bears filled with the right sugars and some caffeine for a bounce. I stopped to hang with her for a second and catch up (really I needed a break). I felt the impact of the cubes immediately, or maybe it was the person who handed them to me.
The spouse of a marathon trainer sacrifices greatly for these events. Especially a slow pace, 8-month trainer like ...
If the bar is low enough, anyone can jump it!!!
Posted November 17th, 2010
Though not a noble principle to live by, the title of this post was born out of a stream of thinking about how to respond to the dozens of inquiries I have had about marathon training. Thanks to the genius of John "The Penguin" Bingham and his book "The Courage to Start" I learned that if you run, you are a runner. And if you are a runner then it is okay for you to talk about running, shop at running stores, enter races you have no hope of winning, and live a life as you would define a runner living it. So, I am overweight, and pretty slow, and I really hate pain...But I am a runner! And it isn't because I ran a particular race or achieved a particular time. It is because I run. An...
Marine Corps Marathon (miles 5-10)
Posted November 17th, 2010
Entering DC (specifically Georgetown) I felt strong and inspired. But I had three very tactical things on my mind. First, I needed to figure out when to ditch my hat. I didn't want to get freezing cold, but I had run for almost 40 minutes and was starting to get hot. Similarly, I was wearing a ratty old long sleeve shirt and knew I would have to discard it as well (if only because my bib was underneath and I wanted to get some pics!). Finally, I had to pee. These three things, as seemingly innocent as they were. consumed my thoughts during this stage. In part because I wanted to manage things well, but also because I had this feeling in the back of my mind that once I was in full gear, and had t...
Marine Corps Marathon (miles 1-4)
Posted November 15th, 2010
Donning my favorite Blackhawks knit hat and a long sleeve T from my first official Half Marathon, I made it to the start corral about 20 minutes before the start. the only problem was, that was still 18 minutes until I crossed the starting line. The "KABOOM" of the howitzer canon at the start still rocked my heart.
I prayed a very simple prayer at the start: that God would tell me a story of sacrifice that morning. Seeing the reality of so many runners at the starting line started His answer. Young and old, fat and slim, soldier and civilian; a huge number of people (over 20,000) sacrificed a great deal to be standing there.
The first four miles were pretty hilly. In the beautiful parks ...
Posted October 28th, 2010
We have begun our journey to Washington DC for the MArine Corps Marathon and some national site seeing. Many have asked about tracking my race. You can go to the website at www.marinemarathon.com. My bib number is 17727 which is awesome
I have a chest cold which killed my last week of training. I am inproving and should be ready for Sunday at 8 (Eastern time)
Marathon Training Update
Posted September 27th, 2010
Five weeks to go!!! I am feeling really excited to get this thing under way!
This week I will cap with 40 miles (assuming all goes well) including another 20 miler on friday. So my post today is about goal setting. It is a tricky science in marathon running. Well, it is tricky for me as an uber-novice. My only full marathon was completed in 5:48. So one goal would be to improve. However, that was my first and my only goal was to get to the finish line. I did, but I weighed about 220 pounds and walked a ton...didn't really "run a marathon". Getting sub 5 hours seemed like a good starting point. But pretty quickly I realized that that is pretty lame, and since my best ...
Marathon Training #6
Posted September 2nd, 2010
It has been a while since I updates and I have crossed a few important milestones. Since March 1st I have run over 440 miles. I feel very strong and have no real injuries. Even the post race soreness has not been brutal. My two longest runs came two weeks apart, a 16 miler and an 18 miler. The 16 miler I ran with people and enjoyed the conversation and frequent water breaks. But it was slow, over 11 minutes per mile slow, so I was able to finish strong and wasn't really even sore. The big win was just being on my feet moving forward for 3 hours (exactly). Then I ran an 18 miler by myself (well, with a rocking iPod playlist!) and managed a much faster pace. I actually ran that run 10 minute...