Marathon Training Update #4
Posted June 14th, 2010
"Belief" is a funny thing. There are so many quotes and so much wisdom that leaders and thinkers and philospohers have offered about what can happen if we believe. Martin Luther King helped strech our national belief when he went dreaming, athletic coaches have cast vision that the fuel for a championship is the beleif that it can be done. innovators and inventors saw what today lacked and believed tomorrow for something better.
My running journey this year has been a story of knocking down barriers. I remember when the jump from 3 to 4 miles seemed unimaginably daunting. I could feel my legs buckle at mile 3, demanding rest and my lungs eager to comply and i wondered, "how in the heck am I goin...
marathon training update #3
Posted May 26th, 2010
Each of the past two weeks I have run 20 miles, highlighted by a 9 mile trek through Lake Barrington that was magnificent. I felt really strong and averaged an 8:50 pace. My favorite part of distance training is the “emptying” feeling. When you clear your brain for an hour or so, free from frenetic thinking, and you progressively head toward fatigue, pain, and exhaustion, you can start to really unpack a lot of what is most real in your soul. I have come to both fear and anticipate what “I” look like when I am stretched, emptied, and exhausted. With all apologies to Clint Eastwood, I have consistently found the following:
The Good…I have been surprised from time to time that a heart of wild compassion exists be...
Marathon training Update #2
Posted May 10th, 2010
Last week was a pretty important week for me. Gone are the twos and threes and they have been replaced by a training schedule that is more demanding and more time consuming. I ran a 5, 3, 3, and 6.5 to complete 17.5 miles for the week. the runs are feeling strong and I feel like my lungs and legs are getting under me.
On the mental side of things, someone encouraged me to try something once per month. He said to do one thing for 4.5 hours without interruption. My general temperament and busy schedule keep me pretty focused on task achievement, so this advice was unique. What if I sat down to simply read for 4.5 hours? Or if I wrote for 4.5 hours. What if I had to be all by my self without anyone to distract me? What...
Marathon training update
Posted May 4th, 2010
The foundation laying phase of marathon prep may be the hardest for me. I started my base training in March having spent a long winter overeating and spraining my ankle. So I ran a lot of 2 milers when my back hurt and my muscles were tight, and my lungs were on fire….Ahhhh, the Runner’s High!!!
April saw me hit weekly mileage of 13, 14, 15, and 13.5. But the rythmn is still not there, so sometimes a 2 miles feels like more work than the 5 milers. So far I am incredibly dependent on the conditions, time of day, temperature, and even mindset.
But I have turned a corner. Last Friday I ran 7.5, longest run since Sept and Monday morning I ran 5 miles at an 8:00 minute pace. That is way too fast for training pace but it...