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…

2020 Investing Wrap Up!

For my final blog post of 2020, and as a sort of investing wrap up for this incredible year, I wanted to follow up on two investing-related posts from last year, namely: The Fabulous Investing Decade of the 2010s (What’s Next?) (from 12/31/19) Day 311: What’s Your Risk Tolerance? (from 6/10/19) In the first of these two posts, written in the waning hours of the 2010s, I thought about the last decade, specifically how cushy it ended up being for investors (despite the Financial Crisis that preceded it). That’s very…

I Decided to Be Happy

As I sit at my computer table/breakfast table/teaching station, it is almost 9pm on December 30th, 2020. There are barely 27 hours left in the year, and 2020 will be a memory. My, what a memory. I do not even need to tell you, since you have your unique experience. Yet I think it is fair to say that everyone alive has had an experience with this year that they will not soon forget. It is quite possible that 2020 has been the most memorable, the most eventful, the most…

Practicing Ease and Effortlessness

These days, I’m starting to look for ways to work easy, to let things happen effortlessly, to leverage the wonderful ways that things can get accomplished as if by magic, without stress or strain. More and more I’m striving to take “the path of least resistance,” as Abraham-Hicks talks about. More and more, I have the optimistic notion that this Universe is looking out for me. Why not align with it and trust it to help things work out on my behalf? Most of us learned of the (supposed) virtue…

Not Nice Chris Comes Out to Play

I’m reading a book about overcoming “being nice,” and it’s challenging me to re-think some of my own behaviors. So I decided to create a little list of some things I think. Some of these things I would normally keep to myself for fear of looking bad or offending someone. Not tonight. A Little About Me: Behaviors I respect: Reading books Athleticism Standing for what you believe in Creativity Excellence Financial Savvy Honesty Courage Being Great with People Making Friends Easily Good organization skills Making your own weather, following your…