In April this year, I began planning my racing for the year. I had made the decision in Fall 2011 to run more shorter, faster races, but I just couldn't shake my need to run a marathon. For some reason, there is no escaping it. I love going long.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Last Saturday, I had a 14 mile run that went fantastic. The cool fall air was the perfect temperature to keep me from freezing out or overheating. As I finished on the jogging trail by house and slowed to a walk, my chest tightened a bit, and a deep, phlegmy cough resonated out of my lungs. Uh oh.
Monday, October 8, 2012
|"Oh, that's right, no more speed work. And I'm only running 4 miles today. Fun!"|
This is it. The hay is in the barn. The work has been done. Taper time is every runner's least favorite time. After months of logging miles, carefully tracking every hard effort and squeezing the most out of every mile, there is no more good to be done.
Prior to my first marathon, I thought the taper would be good. A time to redirect energy, recover mentally, and avoid some of the burn out starting to set in. Couldn't have been further off. There are only two words that sum up the taper, in its entirety:
Sunday, October 7, 2012
It wasn't that long ago, but there was a time when I was a 240 lb. behemoth, marching the grounds of Iowa State University. At one point, that 240 lb. gorilla was a 225 lb. dude who was really into fitness and getting big and strong.
Fast forward two years, and that 240 lb. gorilla was a 180 lb. born again runner, blazing trails on the sidewalks of the Westside of Cedar Rapids, IA. That 180 lb. runner was a man with a diet and attitude that did not closely resemble anything from the days of the 240 pounder.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Is a 20-mile long run really the answer?
|Did someone miss their long runs on the weekends?|
Having a new baby in my life has been awesome. Little HG is incredible. Life was pretty good before, but now it is great. But as any parent who has tried to combine training and learning the ropes of being a first time parent knows, it's tough. And if you have not been consistent enough with your training leading up to that, it is even harder.