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Marathon Training Update: Does training with others help?

Marathon Training Update: Does training with others help?

This morning I did another short run of 5 miles, this time in 41 minutes, shaving 2 minutes off my Tuesday time.  I am getting close to a sentimental goal for my 5 mile time, which I’ll talk about when I reach it, hopefully next week.  Not much else to report on my training.  Looking forward […]

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Does Marathon Training Build or Reveal Character?

A couple of weeks ago in one of the forum discussions I initiated about The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer Book, someone commented, “Still trying to figure out why a non-runner would be training for a marathon…”  To which I replied: “Because it’s the quintessential personal challenge. It’s an extreme mental and physical challenge and I want […]

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Marathon Training Update: 10 Mile Milestone

Saturday I crossed the 10-mile milestone with my long run.  One of the cool things about the training is that every week I set a new personal distance record.  I found the discussion about associative and disassociative mental techniques which were initiated after my last update to be very interesting.  I think I have a lot of […]

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Marathon training: Are you associative or disassociative?

This morning I had a great 5 mile run.  I was not trying to run faster but I ended up finishing in 43 minutes which is the best pace of any run I’ve had so far, short or long.  That’s very encouraging since on Tuesday I cut my run short because I was feeling so […]

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Marathon Training Update and Recovery Question

Today I hit the first real dip in the training for my first marathon.  After doing the longest run of my training so far Saturday morning (9 miles) and then playing soccer for 2 hours Sunday evening, I took yesterday off and planned to increase my two short runs this week from 4.5 miles to […]

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Marathon Training Update and Hydration Question

Marathon Training Update and Hydration Question

This morning I completed the 4th week of my marathon training with this week’s long run of 9 miles.  The issue of staying hydrated during the long runs is something I’m trying to figure out now.  This morning I chose to run a 3.3 mile loop 3 times so I could pick up a bottle of […]

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The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer Book

The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer Book

A couple of days ago I started reading The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer by David Witsett, Forrest Dolgener, and Tanjalo Kole.  I’m about 50 pages into it.  Normally, I wouldn’t write about a book until I finished reading it, but since the reading is part of the training process and I want to blog about the […]

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Training for My First Marathon

Training for My First Marathon

Back in April, about 3 months after my daughter Aryn was born (which happened to coincide with about 3 months of not enough sleep, little exercise, and way too much coffee and junk food to get me through each day) I decided it was time to get my butt off the couch and reinstill some good health habits.  I decided that […]

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