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Off to the Disney Marathon

In just a few hours my wife, 3 children, and I will be on the road for the 2 hour drive to Disney World.  And 24 hours from now I’ll be standing around the starting line of the Disney Marathon waiting for gun to go off. Shifting my sleep cycle seems to have worked.  I […]

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How to Get a Good Night of Sleep Before the Marathon

How to Get a Good Night of Sleep Before the Marathon

Yesterday, I started looking around the web for more advice specific to the Disney Marathon.  The official  Disney Marathon website is good and offers a lot of important information, but I was looking for some unofficial information from people who have done the Disney Marathon.  I found a very helpful site where I got most […]

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Marathon Training Update – Not Dead Yet

Marathon Training Update – Not Dead Yet

It’s been 3 months since my last blog post.  I added several new things to my plate in the fall including training for my first marathon, helping to coach my son’s soccer team, and serving in a couple of new capacities at church.  Those things along with work and family just became too much.  I […]

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Marathon Training Update: First Half Marathon

Saturday I made my first attempt at a 13-mile training run.  It was my first long run since learning last Saturday that I lost about 8 pounds during a 12 mile run, so I did another sweat rate test and continue to experiment with ways to stay hydrated.

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Marathon Training Update: Sweat Rate Test

While writing yesterday’s post about how I lost about 8 pounds during Saturday’s 12 mile run, the thing I realized I need to do first is make a more accurate assessment of how much fluid I’m actually losing by doing a sweat rate test.  So, that’s what I did this morning in conjunction with my […]

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Marathon Training Update: Major Dehydration Problem

Last Saturday (9/15) I was tired from a long week and lacking sleep and after a good 8 miles, I had to alternate walking and running the last 4.  But after good short runs last week on Tuesday and Thursday, I set off this past Saturday morning on another 12 mile long run with the hopes […]

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Marathon Training Update: The Pin-Back Button Milestone

I apologize again for my infrequent blogging.  I’m way over-committed right now.  And while it kills me not to blog, blogging is probably the only thing I can cut back on where someone else won’t kill me. Because of working hard and not getting as much sleep as I need, I hit a bit of […]

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Marathon Training Update: The Sleep Factor

Sorry I’ve been lax in blogging lately.  Just extraordinarily busy with work, family, and church.  Saturday I ran the same 11-mile loop through several parks as I did last Saturday.  Only this time thanks to the online route mapping sites brought to my attention I knew it was 11 miles and so I didn’t quit […]

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Marathon Training Update: Sick and Back

Tuesday, for the first time in my 7 weeks of marathon training, I missed a training run.  Monday night I was heading back from an evening at my parents’ house and started to get that achy feeling that’s a sure sign of an impending fever.  I don’t even bother to take my temperature any more.  There was […]

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Marathon Training Update: Mapping Runs and Determining Distance

Saturday morning I was getting ready for my long run – 11 miles this time.  Last week I did a 10 mile run by running a 3.3 mile loop three times so I could grab a bottle of water left in front of my house after each lap.  I looked at an online map for a way to extend the […]

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