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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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Research Shows Exercise Improves Brain Function

“Conventional wisdom had long held that animal (and human) brains weren’t malleable: after a brief window early in life, the brain could no longer grow or renew itself. The supply of neurons — the brain cells that enable us to think — was believed to be fixed almost from birth. As the cells died through […]

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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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