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…

Progress is Inevitable

This morning at the cafe I was writing about yesterday’s triumphant running experience which, to summarize, was my third time running 20 miles, yet my first truly satisfying 20-mile running experience. As I sat there writing, the following thought occurred to me: You are seeing the inescapable fact of progress towards what matters to you when you have a desire and have no real resistance. Progress is inevitable! The value of this thought was immediately clear to me. Let me explain. Last year, I set my sights on running 20…

Third Time’s a Charm

So today I completed my 3rd 20-mile run :). As happened with running half-marathons, the third time proved to be the charm! First of all, I was faster than ever. In fact, I ran 35 seconds per mile faster than last time. Secondly, I felt pretty good for the entire run, whereas on my previous two 20-milers, I was getting really tired by the last five or six miles. Lastly, as I type this in the evening, I feel satisfied with the experience, as well as physical good. Always a…

One Must Be Prepared for Long Runs

My running plan this year included running my first 20-miler. Tomorrow I am going to run my third so far 🙂 I wrote about my first 20-miler back in June. That run was a slog, despite the fact that I was excellently prepared: I had run 14-, 16-, and 18-miles respectively in the weeks prior to it. Also, I had fueled up beforehand, waking up early in the morning to drink a smoothie, and I brought water and plenty of gel-like consumables for quick energy during the trip. All this…