Category Archive: training entry

Mar 17

Dust Bowl Run

This week was a stabilizer week, before another bump up in mileage in the coming week. So, today’s long run was only 5.5mi, with some focused heart-rate targets as a main set. What I thought would be a relaxing run on a sunny and warm afternoon turned into my own little adventure race. It could …

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Feb 17

Hi Again

The first miles of 2013 have officially gone into the training journal today. Yes, you read that correctly. I know it’s halfway through February, and yes, this was my first run of the year. In fact, it’s my first run since November, and only my third run since my last marathon on September 8th. This …

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Dec 05

The Post-Race Funk

No, it’s not a dance. Well, it’s a dance in my head maybe. It’s back-and-forth between what I want, what I know I should do to accomplish it, and what I’m actually doing instead. By that, I mean: not running. It’s been nearly 3-months since the Salmon Marathon, and I’ve gotten myself out the door …

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Sep 07

Gratitude to family

The ways my family supports me are countless. Bethany constantly helps to encourage me to stick with my training plan, even when I’m tempted to do otherwise. In fact, I wouldn’t even have this training plan and coach if it weren’t for Bethany. She was the mastermind behind organizing and galvanizing family and friends to …

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Sep 02

Week #33 – Race Week!

Six days until race day, and the final week of the taper phase is under way. This morning, I had a great 10-mile run at sunrise, and had no pain or discomfort from my nagging Achilles injury! With four mile-repeats, and 2-min recovery segments after each, I covered the 10-miles in a comfortable 1:30, with …

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Jul 22

18.5-mile run in Jersey

This morning’s scheduled marathon training was a 18.5-mile endurance run, with mile repeats in the middle. Although it was only 65-degrees at 6:30am, it was so humid that I was drenched by the end of the second mile. By the time the run was finished, the temp was up to 80-degrees, and I couldn’t wait …

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Jul 18

Road-trip running

While traveling across the country in my in-laws’ RV, I wasn’t about to skip out on my scheduled marathon training runs. It just meant getting up really early to get it done before it was time for us to leave the campground and hit the road again. So, yesterday I was up at 5am to …

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Jul 14

Training run turned into a bandit run

This morning’s scheduled workout was a 17-mile endurance run, with a main set of four mile-repeats at zone 4 heart rate (2-minutes jogging recovery in-between), then another four miles in zone 4 broken up however I wanted. I got out early enough that it was still cool (55-degrees), and the sun was just beginning to …

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Jul 12

New running shoes

Marathon training requires very little equipment, but the right shoes are a must-have. With 350+ miles on my shoes, it was time for replacements. Although I’ve been very satisfied with my Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8′s, my new running form and pace had me wondering if I’d benefit from something less hefty, with more of a …

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Jul 11

Training into target race pace

This morning’s scheduled marathon training was a 10-mile tempo run. I headed out at 6:30am, and it was still cool (about 55). Last night, I cleaned up a couple of playlists, and organized them by beats-per-minute, to include a playlist at 90bpm, since the 92bpm list felt a touch too constrained in terms of form. …

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