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…

Slow and Steady to My First Marathon

My Christmas Day unfolded as follows: I ran 10 miles this morning, came home and after a nice breakfast enjoyed gift-giving with my wife. We then visited with family on Zoom, after which we had an excellent Christmas meal she prepared (the menu: our Thanksgiving meal, back by popular demand!). After this, we both took a nap, after which we played cards while listening to a virtual radio broadcast of a play from a theater my wife shoots pictures for (in normal times where plays are being produced). 🙂 Today’s…

Small Pleasures but Still Appreciated

A few nights ago I mentioned the Christmas decorations in East Sacramento. We were just passing through the neighborhood then, but tonight we made it official, my wife spending a good forty-five minutes cruising slowly through the heavily-decked out Christmas decoration extravaganza that begins at approximately 40th Ave in East Sacramento. This was a good way to “get into the spirit” of the season, yet there were also several benefits unique to our stranger-than-fiction 2020 Pandemic world: It’s quite a thing to see people IN PERSON. Last night we had…

Magnificence Writ Large Across the Sky

This morning I was working out in the backyard (something I have been doing over the past few months on non-running days), when I noticed high above me a long, thin streak of cloud-like air across the sky. It was, I’m assuming, the result of a jet flying overhead. I hadn’t seen the jet, or perhaps it passed before I got outside, but the streak left irrefutable evidence, to me, of such an aircraft’s passing by. They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire. So where there’s a long, thin streak…

Finding My Groove in an Early-Morning Dream World

Saturday has become my usual day for doing longer runs. Today was no different: I got up at 6:30am to run 10 1/2 miles. It was cold and quiet on the street. As I began, I wasn’t in the best of mental spaces: my head was distracted by concerned thoughts and general malaise, some run-of-the-mill head trash taking me out of the moment. I looked forward to finding my groove, but my head was complaining, “Man, I don’t really want to run, this is hard!” My legs felt heavy, my…