Now What?

As I wrote yesterday, there are many wonderful ways this blog has served me. I will forever cherish it’s role in my life, particularly the life-changing 365 Day Blogging Project. The thing is… that was then. I already did that. I’m in a new place. Now what? What’s next? Here’s what I know: I no longer feel a need to blog every day just to prove I can do it. Been there, done that. I no longer feel the need to turn to blogging for relief from pressures in other…

Ten Things I Have Gotten Out of Having a Blog

Tonight I am thinking back to the many benefits I have gotten from having this blog. I shall list ten that come to mind, in the perfectly quirky and sometimes flagrantly illogical way that makes this blog so special: Freedom from creative pressure. Especially the pressure to “market,” to “do business,” or to “network.” I wanted something where I could express myself and be done with it. Write, Publish, Repeat. Simple! Freedom from having to please others. I love how this blog is for me. I love how I get…

Me Like-y My Blog Sooo Much

I thought a lot about my blog last year during my blogging hiatus. My thinking went something like this: [while up to something else, suddenly I’m reminded of my blog]: “Oh yeah: my blog! I love my blog. It is so awesome. I look forward to getting back to that.” Mood: appreciative. To be fair, sometimes I also thought about the fact that I never posted about how my solo marathon went, though I had written about marathon training while I was doing it. My thinking here: “I never updated…

Recapping My Marathon Year

CIM 2021 Crossing the Finish Line

HAPPY NEW YEAR. It’s nice to be back blogging after an eight month hiatus! I think it’s fair to call 2021 my Marathon Year. Last April, after three-and-a-half months of intense training (which I wrote about on this blog) I ran my first marathon… a solo effort along the American River in Sacramento. In June I started running with my first-ever training group, which in August transitioned into a training program for the California International Marathon ( or “CIM”), which I ran last month. The fact that I ran 26.2…

Marathon Training Update #6: It all comes down to this…

It all comes down to this: Tomorrow morning, I embark for the first time ever on a 26.2 mile running journey ending, hopefully, in great satisfaction and personal accomplishment. This is the culmination of nearly four months of training. Two days ago, I ran 3 miles and thus completed the pre-marathon portion of the training program. Since December 29th, I have completed 64 runs, ranging from 2 miles to 20 miles. Over nearly 65 hours of running, I ran 435 miles. The 3-miler was the final run of nearly three…

Marathon Training Update #5: I am doing this!

Two days ago, on Saturday, I ran 20 miles. And I’m happy to report that, as of this run, I feel ready. That’s right: bring on 26.2 miles. A key feature of Saturday’s run is that I started at what I plan to be the actual starting line. From there, I ran 13.1 miles to what will be the actual halfway point. I got there in 2 hours and 3 minutes, then started back. My run stopped less than 6 miles from the actual ending point–which is my starting point…

Marathon Training Update #4: Going Slower to Go Longer

We’re getting down to the wire. This week is week #13 of my training program, and the marathon is five weeks away. This Saturday I will be running 19 miles. In two weekends I will be running 20, then the program will start tapering off, so that I can be well-rested to go the distance…. 26.2. The Big Kahuna. Overall mood: Excited 🙂 Earlier today I was sitting on my porch re-reading passages of Hal Higdon’s “Marathon.” He writes that elite runners often run 80, 90, 100, or more (!)…

Marathon Training Update #3: It’s Not a Sprint!

It has been over a month since I updated about my marathon training. This has less to do with the marathon training itself and more to do with the fact that I have been taking a PAUSE from daily blogging this year. Having no daily discipline to post, I just didn’t feel like posting (despite implying that I would do so more often back on Marathon Training Update #1)! Not updating in the past month feels like exercising my right not to have to be foolishly consistent, something I love…

Marathon Training Update #2

First off, let me say that it is somewhat weird to be updating this after two weeks of not posting.* How quickly one can get out of practice ;). The running is going well since my first marathon training update. Specifically, I am: Adjusting to the Training App. I’m happy to say that I made friends with “Running with Hal,” the training app by Hal Higdon that I am using for my marathon training. Once I upgraded the app to the paid program, I was able to adjust my numbers,…

Marathon Training Update #1

Happy New Year! Hello, 2021, it is nice to meet you at last! Today I want to give my first update on my plan to train for and run a marathon. I shall write these updates this periodically until the special date (April 18th). Note: this plan is a work in progress. I may adjust it as I go. The Plan Currently, I am aiming to run a Marathon on Sunday, April 18th. As of now, this is not an official race. I will be doing it on my own…