Week 14 - Spirit

Early in 2016 my wife Laura told me that her friend Prasanthi decided to run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Prasanthi is not one who would classify herself as a runner. This would be the longest distance she'd run and she challenged herself to do the training and complete this milestone in the self-proclaimed the most magical place on earth. In a show of support, Laura also registered to run the race so they could train and travel together.

Week 14 - Spirit

Weeks 11, 12, and 13 - Pain

The marathon is a 26.219 mile race inspired by the fabled Greek soldier Pheidippides, who ran the distance from Marathon to Athens to report a victory at the battle of Marathon in 490 BC. Upon delivering the news to the magistrates and completing his task, Pheidippides promptly died.

Weeks 11, 12, and 13 - Pain
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Week 10 - Day-to-Day

Last week I had some great runs.  I felt great and I was making some great times, despite the frigid weather.  Then, 7 miles into my Thursday run a pain started to develop in my left knee.

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Week 10 - Day-to-Day
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Week 9 - Not Running

Last week I talked about the great feeling I get from running. It helps me clear my head and I've developed a slight addiction to the adrenaline. But running doesn't just happen. The time in between in between is just as important if not more to sustain running five or more miles a day for three days in a row, or to run for three hours at a time.

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Week 9 - Not Running
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Week 8 - Running

It seems like a bit of a vague or overstated topic at this point in the training, I know, but it’s been kind of a strange week and I couldn’t think of a better way to encompass everything. The marathon is a little more than a month away, I still have two long runs ahead of me, and there are a number of potential setbacks sitting right in front of me, like cold weather and holidays. At the same time, I just want to run.

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Week 8 - Running
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Week 7 - Gear

Technology has stepped up to make marathon training more manageable.  This doesn't mean simply picking up the latest GPS enabled training watch.  Technological advances in weather forecasting, clothing, and even social media have all eased the burden on marathon preparation and training.

 

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Week 7 - Gear

Week 4 - Scheduling

The runs are getting longer and the days are getting shorter.  After this week we'll have one hour less of daylight in the evenings as well.  These are the times when a run is not just something you throw into your schedule in the afternoon, the upcoming weekends will revolve around a run.

Week 4 - Scheduling

Week 3 - Planning

My favorite type of run is a trail run. I like being up in the mountains, out in nature. The terrain is constantly changing, which keeps my brain occupied, and it forces you to use more muscle groups than flat-land running. As distance is concerned, though, I love the challenge of a half marathon. Thirteen miles is long enough to require a decent amount of training, but short enough where the training doesn’t encompass my weekends and require a lot of forethought.

Week 3 - Planning

Week 2 - Setbacks

The name of the game this week is setbacks. As with any type of schedule, when you build out a marathon training schedule you need to have some sort of contingency plan for those times that life throws a monkey wrench into the gears, and it will. That monkey wrench can come in the form of adverse weather, broken equipment, injury, or in my case, a head cold.

Week 2 - Setbacks
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Week 1 Lessons - Pacing

My first week of marathon training is in the books. The most difficult part so far has been pacing. What I mean is, I can’t run slow enough.

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Week 1 Lessons - Pacing