March 26th, 2010 at 5:08 am
April 2010
Date Event Location Website
4/10/10 Charlotte RaceFest Half Marathon Charlotte, NC Website
4/10/10 Eisenhower Marathon Abilene, KS Website
4/10/10 Trout Lake Run (Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K) Trout Lake, WA Website
4/11/10 Martian Marathon and Half Marathon Ann Arbor, MI Website
4/11/10 Big-D Texas Marathon & Half Marathon Dallas, TX Website
4/11/10 Spirit of St. Louis Marathon St. Louis, MO Website
4/11/10 Great Bay Half Marathon Newmarket, NH Website
4/11/10 Hogeye Marathon & Relays Fayetteville, AR Website
4/11/10 Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon Whidbey Island, WA Website
4/17/10 Wenatchee Marathon Wenatchee, WA Website
4/17/10 Charlottesville Marathon Charlottesville, VA Website
4/18/10 Lynn Electric Kansas Marathon Lawrence, KS Website
4/19/10 Boston Marathon Boston, MA Website
4/24/10 Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon Nashville, TN Website
4/24/10 Ocean City Half Marathon Ocean City, MD Website
4/24/10 Derby Festival Marathon Louisville, KY Website
4/24/10 Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon & Half Marathon Nisswa, MN Website
4/25/10 Glass City Marathon Toledo, OH Website
4/25/10 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Oklahoma City, OK Website
4/25/10 Big Sur International Marathon Carmel, CA Website
4/25/10 Ice Breaker Road Race Great Falls, MT Website
4/25/10 St. Luke’s Lehigh Valley Half Marathon Lehigh Valley, PA Website
TBD ING Trestle Valley Marathon Minot, ND Website
May 2010
Date Event Location Website
5/1/10 LEAD Strong Half Marathon Towson, MD Website
5/1/10 Wisconsin Marathon Kenosha, WI Website
5/2/10 Orange County Marathon Newport Beach, CA Website
5/2/10 Eugene Marathon Eugene, OR Website
5/2/10 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh, PA Website
5/2/10 Avenue of the Giants Marathon & 10K Run Bayside, CA Website
5/2/10 New Jersey Marathon Long Branch, NJ Website
5/2/10 Cox Sports Marathon Providence, RI Website
5/2/10 Ham Run Half Marathon Grand Marais, MN Website
5/2/10 St. Clare Health Mission Half Marathon & 5K La Crosse, WI Website
5/2/10 La Crosse Marathon La Crosse, WI Website
5/2/10 Frederick Running Festival Frederick, MD Website
5/2/10 Long Branch Half Marathon Long Branch, NJ Website
5/2/10 Flying Pig Marathon Cincinnati, OH Website
5/2/10 Ham Run Half Marathon Grand Marais, MN Website
5/2/10 Michelob Ultra Tacoma City Marathon Tacoma, WA Website
5/2/10 Lincoln Marathon Lincoln, NE Website
5/8/10 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Indianapolis, IN Website
5/9/10 Colorado Marathon Fort Collins, CO Website
5/15/10 Brookings Marathon Brookings, SD Website
5/15/10 Ogden Marathon Ogden, UT Website
5/15/10 Sky Mesa Pass Trail Marathon Gateway, CO Website
5/16/10 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Cleveland, OH Website
5/16/10 Green Bay Marathon Green Bay, WI Website
5/16/10 Delaware Marathon Wilmington, DE Website
5/16/10 Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon Newton, MA Website
5/22/10 Fargo Marathon Fargo, ND Website
5/23/10 Blue Nose Marathon Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) Website
5/23/10 Madison Marathon Madison, WI Website
5/30/10 Anytime Fitness Stillwater Marathon (Marathon, 20 miles, Half Marathon, & 12K) Stillwater, MN Website
5/30/10 Madison Marathon Madison, WI Website
5/30/10 Keybank Vermont City Marathon Burlington, VT Website
5/30/10 Med-City Marathon Rochester, MN Website
5/30/10 Coeur d’Alene Marathon Coeur d’Alene, ID Website
TBD New Prague Half Marathon & 5K New Prague, MN Website
June 2010
Date Event Location Website
6/5/10 Newport Marathon Newport, OR Website
6/5/10 See Jane Run Half-Marathon & 5K Alameda, CA Website
6/5/10 Charity Chase Half Marathon Hickory, NC Website
6/5/10 Sunburst Marathon South Bend, IN Website
6/6/10 San Diego Marathon San Diego, CA Website
6/12/10 Sandhills Marathon Valentine, NE Website
6/12/10 Utah Valley Marathon Bridal Veil Falls, UT Website
6/13/10 Lake Placid Marathon Lake Placid, NY Website
6/13/10 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run Manitou Springs, CO Website
6/19/10 Grandma’s Marathon Duluth, MN Website
6/19/10 See Jane Run Half-Marathon & 5K Alameda, CA Website
6/19/10 Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon Anchorage, AK Website
6/27/10 Kona Marathon Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii Website
6/27/10 Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival Sunriver, OR Website
TBD God’s Country Marathon Potter County, PA Website
July 2010
Date Event Location Website
7/3/10 Leadville Trail Marathon Leadville, CO Website
7/4/10 4th of July Half Marathon Gateway, CO Website
7/4/10 Red, White, and Boom Twin Cities Half Marathon Minneapolis, MN Website
7/10/10 Grandfather Mountain Marathon Boone, NC Website
7/11/10 Leadville Trail Heavy Half Marathon Leadville, CO Website
7/18/10 Missoula Marathon Missoula, MT Website
7/18/10 Joker’s Wild Half Marathon St. Louis, MO Website
7/25/10 San Francisco Marathon San Francisco, CA Website
August 2010
Date Event Location Website
8/14/10 Paavo Nurmi Marathon Hurley, WI Website
8/14/10 Salinas Valley Marathon Soledad, CA Website
8/21/10 Pikes Peak Marathon Pikes Peak, CO Website
8/21/10 Park City Marathon Park City, UT Website
8/21/10 Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon Parkersburg, WV Website
TBD New Mexico Marathon Albuquerque, NM Website
September 2010
Date Event Location Website
9/5/10 Rock ‘N’ Roll ½ Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Website
9/5/10 Disneyland® Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Website
9/6/10 Heart of America Marathon Columbia, MO Website
9/11/10 The Patriots’ Run Olathe, KS Website
9/11/10 Salmon Marathon Salmon, ID Website
9/18/10 Lake Chelan Marathon Lake Chelan, WA Website
9/18/10 United States Air Force Marathon WPAFB, OH Website
9/18/10 NordicTrack Top of Utah Marathon Logan, UT Website
9/19/10 Maui Marathon & Half Marathon Kahului, Maui, HI Website
9/19/10 Community First Fox Cities Marathon Menasha, WI Website
9/25/10 Birkie Trail Run & Trek Hayward, WI Website
9/25/10 Road Runner Akron Marathon Akron, OH Website
9/26/10 THE Quad Cities Marathon Moline, IL Website
9/26/10 Lake Tahoe Marathon Lake Tahoe, NV Website
9/26/10 Clarence DeMar Marathon Gilsum, NH Website
9/26/10 Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival Schroon Lake, NY Website
TBD Omaha Marathon Omaha, NE Website
TBD Bellingham Bay Marathon Bellingham, WA Website
TBD Ashville Citizen-Times Half Marathon Ashville, NC Website
TBD Parks Half Marathon Gaithersburg, MD Website
TBD The Equinox Marathon & Relay Fairbanks, AK Website
TBD Hammer Two-Bear Marathon Whitefish, MT Website
TBD Elroy Apple Dumpling Day Races Elroy, WI Website
TBD Women’s Maine Coast Half Marathon York, ME Website
October 2010
Date Event Location Website
10/2/10 Freedom’s Run Marathon Shepherdstown, WV Website
10/2/10 St. George Marathon St. George, UT Website
10/2/10 New Hampshire Marathon Bristol, NH Website
10/3/10 Lewis and Clark Marathon & Half Marathon St. Charles, MO Website
10/3/10 Maine Marathon Portland, ME Website
10/3/10 Wineglass Marathon Corning, NY Website
10/3/10 Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN Website
10/9/10 CenturyTel Wistle Stop Marathon and Half Marathon Ashland, WI Website
10/10/10 Portland Marathon Portland, OR Website
10/10/10 Steamtown Marathon Scranton, PA Website
10/10/10 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL Website
10/10/10 Music City Half Marathon Nashville, TN Website
10/10/10 Tyler Rose Marathon & Half Marathon & 5K Tyler, TX Website
10/16/10 The Baltimore Running Festival Baltimore, MD Website
10/16/10 Indianapolis Marathon & Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Website
10/17/10 Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon Long Beach, CA Website
10/17/10 Detroit Free Press Marathon Detroit, MI Website
10/17/10 Green Mountain Marathon Vermont Website
10/17/10 Mount Desert Island Marathon Maine Website
10/17/10 Atlantic City Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Website
10/17/10 Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Columbus, OH Website
10/17/10 Des Moines Marathon Des Moines, IA Website
10/17/10 Amica Marathon Newport, RI Website
10/23/10 Running for the Bay Marathon Apalachicola Bay, FL Website
10/24/10 Niagara Falls International Marathon Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada) Website
10/31/10 Dunkin’ Donuts Cape Cod Marathon Cape Cod, MA Website
10/31/10 Marine Corps Marathon Washington, D.C. Website
TBD Goblin Valley Ultra Marathon Green River, UT Website
TBD Hands On House Half Marathon Lancaster, PA Website
TBD Music City Half Marathon Nashville, TN Website
TBD Lakefront Marathon Milwaukee, WI Website
TBD ING Hartford Marathon Hartford, CT Website
TBD Tim Hortons Valley Harvest Marathon Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Canada) Website
TBD Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon Kansas City, MO Website
TBD Denver Marathon Denver, CO Website
TBD Duke City Marathon Albuquerque, NM Website
TBD The Metro Silicon Valley Marathon San Jose, CA Website
TBD North Coast Run for Hearts (10K and 5K) Geneva on the Lake, OH Website
TBD Towpath Marathon Akron, OH Website
TBD Leavenworth Marathon Leavenworth, WA Website
TBD Mt. Rushmore Marathon Black Hills, SD Website
TBD Grand Canyon Marathon Grand Canyon, AZ Website

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November 2010
Date Event Location Website
11/6/10 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Indianapolis, IN Website
11/7/10 ING New York City Marathon New York, NY Website
11/7/10 Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon & Half Marathon Fresno, CA Website
11/7/10 Santa Clarita Marathon Santa Clarita, CA Website
11/13/10 SunTrust Richmond Marathon Richmond, VA Website
11/14/10 Pensacola Marathon Pensacola, FL Website
11/14/10 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Website
11/14/10 Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay Carmel, CA Website
11/20/10 Valley of Fire Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K Overton, NV Website
11/21/10 Philadelphia Marathon Philadelphia, PA Website
11/21/10 Williams Route 66 Marathon Tulsa, OK Website
11/25/10 Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon Atlanta, GA Website
11/28/10 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Seattle, WA Website
TBD Seacoast Half Marathon Portsmouth, NH Website
TBD Run The River Marathon & Ultramarathon Folsom, CA Website
TBD 13.1 Marathon Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL Website
TBD Wine Vine Run Half Marathon & 5K Run Paso Robles, CA Website
TBD Spinx Run Fest Greenville, SC Website
TBD Dallas Running Club Half Marathon Dallas, TX Website
TBD Midsouth Marathon Wayne, AR Website
December 2010
Date Event Location Website
12/4/10 Run for the Redfish Panama City Beach, FL Website
12/4/10 St. Jude Marathon Memphis, TN Website
12/5/10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon Las Vegas, NV Website
12/5/10 California International Marathon Sacramento, CA Website
12/11/10 Kiawah Island Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Website
12/12/10 Tucson Marathon & Half Marathon Tucson, AZ Website
12/11/10 Rehoboth Beach Marathon Rehoboth, DE Website
12/12/10 Metro PCS Dallas White Rock Marathon Dallas, TX Website
TBD Santa to the Sea Marathon Oxnard, CA Website
TBD MTC Half-Marathon Madison, MS Website
TBD Thunder Road Marathon Charlotte, NC Website
TBD Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, HI Website


July 29th, 2009 at 4:39 am
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Running form is a critical component of running well.  It takes effort to learn at first, but it ultimately makes running much easier (and less prone to injury).  Following are the 7 habits of highly effective running form.

Feet

Most runners land with their heel first and roll to the front of the foot.  This causes extreme braking forces in the body.  This slows a runner down and jars the body, which can lead to injury.  The heel touchdown also requires the foot to come down in front of the body, which further puts on the brakes.  The foot should be landing under the body rather than in front of it. 

 

Timing

The foot should spend as little time on the ground as possible.  A quick step allows for more spring, which moves you faster and reduces jarring on the joints.  You should also aim to be hitting the ground (with each foot) 90 times a minute or more.  There are devices you can use that work like metronomes to help you set this rhythm.

 

Posture

You want to do what coaches call running tall.  This means a straight line along your spine to the top of your head.  Stand against a wall to get a feel for this–many people are actually leaning back when they think they are straight.  A common form issue when running is to pull the head back, which restricts breathing and damages form.

 

Head

Be careful to not have the head too far forward or pulled back.  It needs to rest in a straight line with the spine–think about a string pulling you from the crown of the head.  The head is heavy, and if you get fatigued, you may let it come infront of your body.  This pulls on the shoulders and back, increasing the strain of running.  If the head is leaning back, it can also cause a braking force and throw you out of alignment.

 

Eyes

Looking down can cause you to run heavily.  This causes extra impact on your body and may cause injuries.  Having the head forward can cause slumping, which causes strain on the neck, shoulders and back.  It also tends to shorten the stride.  If you want to look at the ground, keep your head up and look only with your eyes. 

 

Arms

Some recommend the arms should be at 90 degrees, though the Pose Method recommends having a deeper bend than this.  All sources agree the arms should not cross the body.  This creates a side to side motion instead of front to back.  You want all of your forces moving in the same direction, or you are working against yourself.

 

Breath

Previously the recommendation was to belly breathe in order to get more air into the lungs.  However, it is critical to keep the abdominals engaged while running to protect the back and maintain form.  Expand the chest to take in optimal amounts of air.  There are conflicting views on nose breathing and mouth breathing.   One source recommends you get air in any way you can, which is quickest through the mouth.  Another school of thought suggests nose breathing is deeper, more calming and helps keep the heartrate lower.  The pace of breathing should be every two(harder runs) or three steps (easier runs).  This means you inhale, right, left, exhale.

 

Form can require a great deal of attention initially.  However, just like driving a car, it becomes second nature in time.  It is worth the effort to experience more comfort, fewer injuries, and greater speed.



July 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 am
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How do you increase your run speed?  Have you ever felt you were destined to be slow?  It may just be your mind that is telling you this.  You will be surprised at how fast you can be when you train for it.

In the past, I accepted the notion that I am slow.  However, now that I am actively working on my speed, I can see that has just been a mindset.  I am getting faster fast.  I even feel it takes more effort for me to run at my previously slower speeds.

Initially I played around with some intervals, just kicking it up a notch here and there.  Now I am getting serious about speed with some focused workouts.  I will discuss the 4 workouts necessary to prepare you for a faster marathon.

 

Tempo Runs

These runs involve starting at an easy pace, building to a faster pace (30-45 seconds faster than marathon pace), then finishing at an easy pace.  These runs are not long, usually 30 to 50 minutes.  It would look like this:  10 minutes easy, 10 minutes gradually increasing pace, 10 minutes at fast pace, 10 minutes at easy pace.

 

Fartlek Runs

These runs are unstructured, which is nice for flexibility.  You are running at your easy pace (1-2 minutes slower than marathon pace), and you increase speed when you feel like for however long you want.  These runs can be 3-6 miles — a good way to turn ‘junk miles’ into productive ones.  You can play with different speeds here.  It allows you to listen to your body and respond accordingly.

 

Pace Runs

These runs are done at marathon pace or 30-45 seconds slower.  These are a little longer, usually 4-10 miles.  They help you get the feel for your marathon pace without going so long that you risk injury.

 

Long Runs

These do not work on speed, but are obviously the most important training runs of your program.  These workouts go from 6 to 20 miles (some do longer, but it doesn’t seem necessary — I only train to 16 - 18).  This type of run is at a pace 1 - 2 minutes slower than marathon pace.  The point of these runs is to get you used to being on your feet for hours.

 

You will find that a pace you could only tolerate for 1 minute last week, you can now do for 2 minutes.  You see that your easy pace has gone from 11:00 miles to 9:30 miles.  The body is amazing for its ability to adapt and improve.  It can be the mind that really holds you back.  Whatever you expect yourself to be able to do is usually what you do.  This is not typically your full capacity, though.  Remember, there was a time the 4:00 minute mile didn’t exist.

My program includes each of these training runs, to give me a total of 4 runs a week.  This is an ideal schedule, allowing for plenty of rest to reduce risk of injury.  This also eliminates junk miles — running just to keep your mileage up for the week.  Using these runs in training not only helps build speed, but also keeps things very interesting.



July 20th, 2009 at 2:46 am
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Posted in: Who Can Run a Marathon

The evidence is there.  You can participate in elite level marathoning at any age.  The former notions of athletes being obsolete after 30 have been completely discredited.running20holidays20in20spain

This article:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/07/16/athletes.comeback.endurance/index.html

from CNN discusses athletes in many sports remaining or reaching elite level in their 30’s and 40’s.  Here are some examples from the article:

  • Lance Armstrong is competing in the Tour de France at age 37
  • Dana Torres won the Silver in the 2008 Olympics at age 41
  • Haile Gebrselassie broke the world record for the fastest marathon in September 2008 at the age of 35
  • Quarterback, Kurt Warner at 37, led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl in January 2009
  • Oksana Chusovitina, 33, won a silver medal for the vault in the 2008 Olympics

They didn’t mention it in the article, but I remember being inspired when Constantina Tomescu-Dita won the women’s marathon in the 2008 Olympics at age 38.  I am 31 now–that night (for a couple of hours, anyways) I felt like I could train hard and win the Olympics, too!  While winning anything may not be in the cards for me, I definitely see these examples as inspiration that I have many years ahead of me to improve my performance in the marathon.

Even if you are not elite and not planning to be, this evidence is inspiring.  Being an athlete is not synonymous with being under 30.  The flipside is being athlete at any age can clearly keep you feeling youthful.

If you have never run a marathon, do not let concerns about age hamper your goals.  There is an amazing spread of ages at marathons.  It is very inspiring–especially when someone at least twice your age buzzes past you.  I want to be one of those people someday.



June 27th, 2009 at 5:33 am
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Posted in: Experience the Marathon, Training

Running can result in injuries.  While this can feel like a bummer, I just see it as part of the game.  If you can understand the nature of your injuries, you may be able to minimize them.  Try not to see running injuries as the end of your running career–most injuries can be overcome to some degree.

Blisters– I have struggled with blisters for so long.  I really had to use some mental toughness once I decided I just have baby feet that blister easily.  I read all of the suggestions on using lubrication to prevent blisters.  Trust me, it was like a slip and slide in my socks.  I remember the look on my husband’s face when I wrapped duct tape all the way around my feet (I was willing to try every suggestion).  Here were my culprits:

  • Running Shoes — I initially wore Asics Kayanos because my friend who initiated me in marathoning used them.  She proclaimed them to be the best.  I have since switched to Asics Nimbus.  I do not have blisters anymore.  Important note:  my other friend tried to switch from Kayano to Nimbus, and the Nimbus gave her blisters while the Kayano did not.  Fit the shoe to your foot.
  • Wet or Dry — While most of the sites I saw recommended lubricating to prevent blisters, this does not work for me.  Finally I came across information on keeping the feet very dry.  Using a foot powder based in cornstarch (I like Mexsana) will absorb moisture throughout the run.  This was the key to keeping me blister free.
  • Callous — While not beautiful, callouses are your friend for blister prevention.  Once you get a nice callous, do not get a pedicure or otherwise try to remove it.  Just thank the callous gods and be on your way.

Knee Pain– There are all sorts of reasons for knee pain.  There are all kinds of places in and around the knee that can give you pain.  It is probably the most common running injury.  Regardless of location or cause, there is one miracle treatment I use to eliminate knee pain.  It can take a few days, and full benefit is reported to be at two weeks and beyond.


  • Glucosamine Chondroitin –  You will find this in the supplement section of any grocery or drug store.  It is a little expensive, but it is a miracle worker.  I like to buy it in combination with MSM and HA (and anything else they want to throw in there).  This is commonly seen as Osteo Bi-Flex and Joint Juice.  Once you feel better (and remember it can take days to weeks for it to improve), continue taking it or you will experience the pain again.  It is actually repairing and lubricating the connective tissue — so this takes time and needs to be consistent.

Side Stitches– This comes from a lack of oxygen to the tissues.  The best way to improve this is to attempt to get some good breathing going.  Once you have taken some good, deep breaths, you should find this feeling will pass.  You will be less likely to experience side stitches once you have trained for a bit — this typically comes up after down time.

Chest Pain– Okay, so this is the scary one for everybody.  Of course, if you think you are having a heart attack, you should immediately seek help.  However, research shows it is typically not a heart attack.  (Obviously this blog should not be considered a source for medical advice, and you should speak with your physician if you have any health concerns)  I finally realized my chest pain was coming from gas in my esophagus.  With all of the increased breathing, air is swallowed and can result in uncomfortable pressure in the chest.  Reflux can also be an issue that brings these discomforts.

This is not an exhaustive list of all the running injuries you may experience, but these are common ones.  I have been fortunate enough to experience all of the above, but I have used the techniques listed to overcome them.  Do realize running can inherently feel uncomfortable at times.  Many of these aches will pass during the run as the endorphins start flowing.  It can take time to determine which running pains warrant stopping.  Remember that it is better to be safe than sorry.



June 25th, 2009 at 3:26 am
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Posted in: Experience the Marathon

Anyone can run a marathon…well, I suppose there are a few exceptions.  Understanding the marathon for beginners is to first understand the simplicity of it.  I don’t want to make it sound like no big deal, because it is.  But you can do it!

When the idea of the marathon is taken in small bites, it is very doable.  If you think about 26.2 miles, and the blisters, and maybe some rain, etc., it starts to feel very overwhelming.  I love them, though.  I am a slacker in training.  I don’t take myself too seriously (yet).  I’ve been running with friends so far, so it is like a little party.  One day I will go solo, to see what I can do.

I see the whole thing in phases.  First off, let me say that the marathon for beginners (your first), is very exciting.  It is a little scary because you don’t know if you will finish or if you will die.  The mood in the air at the starting line is always a thrill.  It is like a festival there.  A huge group of people all sharing in an identity that very few people can understand. 

The first 3-8 miles go by in a blur.  You will be so hopped up on adrenaline and enthusiasm, you won’t notice anything.  There is always the guy at mile 2 yelling, “Only 24.2 to go!”  You’ll see people starting to line the streets to cheer you on and yell your name, as it is usually posted on your bib number.  As you hit mile 8, you have reached a milestone — you’ve finished the first third of the marathon (I like to really take it in thirds). 


Now you settle in during miles 9 to 17.  During this time, you might begin to notice some blisters or random knee pain come up.  Hang in there, it will soon go numb.  This is to be expected, it is not ruining your experience–this is your experience.  It is an integral part of the experience.  This is the stuff that will make your story really interesting.  During this segment, you will pass the half– 13.1– and that will bring a smile to your face.  There is usually a pretty big fuss at the half with spectators and a good refreshments station, so enjoy.

I have to say, once I see the marker for mile 18, I feel excited and sad.  I know I am almost there.  My hard work has paid off.  I am a little sad to be almost done, though.  It is such a lesson in life to run a marathon.  The mental dialogue during a marathon makes it or breaks it.  Really this is true for life.  When I reach 18, I don’t ever feel like bummed that I still have more to go because the time seems so short then.  Soon I will reach the 20’s, then I will smell the finish.  Then the medal will be around my neck, and I will hobble back to my car.  Until next time, sweet marathon.

I will see you in Chicago –  10/11/09!

 

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May 27th, 2009 at 6:50 am
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Posted in: Schedule of Marathon Events


Here is a excellent list of marathon events across the country for the rest of the year.  Typically races are held in the spring, fall and winter.  Cooler areas of the country do host events in the summer.  Some people like to pick one marathon a year to do.  Others like to pick them strategically throughout the year in order to keep their marathon training on track.

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Marathons are a great motivator for getting your body in peak condition.  They are fun events to be a part of.  Most marathoners experience a sense of identity, a feeling of being a member of a special club.  Scan the following list to choose the best marathon for you.  By the end of the year, you can be a member of the club, too!

June 2009
Date Event Location Website
6/6/09 God’s Country Marathon Potter County, PA Website
6/6/09 Sunburst Marathon South Bend, IN Website
6/13/09 Sandhills Marathon Valentine, NE Website
6/13/09 Utah Valley Marathon Bridal Veil Falls, UT Website
6/14/09 Lake Placid Marathon Lake Placid, NY Website
6/14/09 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run Manitou Springs, CO Website
6/20/09 See Jane Run Half-Marathon & 5K Boise, ID Website
6/20/09 Grandma’s Marathon Duluth, MN Website
6/20/09 Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon Anchorage, AK Website
6/28/09 Kona Marathon Keauhou-Kona, HI Website
6/28/09 Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival Sunriver, OR Website
July 2009
Date Event Location Website
7/4/09 4th of July Half Marathon Gateway, CO Website
7/11/09 Leadville Trail Marathon Leadville, CO Website
7/11/09 Leadville Trail Heavy Half Marathon Leadville, CO Website
7/12/09 Missoula Marathon Missoula, MT Website
7/12/09 Joker’s Wild Half Marathon St. Louis, MO Website
7/26/09 San Francisco Marathon San Francisco, CA Website
TBA Grandfather Mountain Marathon Boone, NC Website
August 2009
Date Event Location Website
8/8/09 Paavo Nurmi Marathon Hurley, WI Website
8/16/09 Pikes Peak Marathon Pikes Peak, CO Website
5/17/09 New Mexico Marathon Albuquerque, NM Website
8/22/09 Park City Marathon Park City, UT Website
8/22/09 Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon Parkersburg, WV Website
September 2009
Date Event Location Website
9/6/09 Rock ‘N’ Roll ½ Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Website
9/6/09 Disneyland® Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Website
9/7/09 Heart of America Marathon Columbia, MO Website
9/11/09 The Patriots’ Run Olathe, KS Website
9/12/09 Salmon Marathon Salmon, ID Website
9/13/09 Parks Half Marathon Gaithersburg, MD Website
9/13/09 Lewis and Clark Marathon & Half Marathon St. Charles, MO Website
9/19/09 United States Air Force Marathon WPAFB, OH Website
9/19/09 NordicTrack Top of Utah Marathon Logan, UT Website
9/20/09 Maui Marathon & Half Marathon Kahului, Maui, HI Website
9/20/09 Community First Fox Cities Marathon Menasha, WI Website
9/26/09 Akron Marathon Akron, OH Website
9/27/09 Omaha Marathon Omaha, NE Website
9/27/09 Bellingham Bay Marathon Bellingham, WA Website
9/27/09 THE Quad Cities Marathon Moline, IL Website
9/27/09 Lake Tahoe Marathon Lake Tahoe, NV Website
9/27/09 Clarence DeMar Marathon Gilsum, NH Website
TBA The Equinox Marathon & Relay Fairbanks, AK Website
TBA Elroy Apple Dumpling Day Races Elroy, WI Website
TBA Women’s Maine Coast Half Marathon York, ME Website
TBA Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival Schroon Lake, NY Website
October 2009
Date Event Location Website
10/3/09 St. George Marathon St. George, UT Website
10/3/09 Hands On House Half Marathon Lancaster, PA Website
10/3/09 Music City Half Marathon Nashville, TN Website
10/4/09 Portland Marathon Portland, OR Website
10/4/09 Maine Marathon Portland, ME Website
10/4/09 Lakefront Marathon Milwaukee, WI Website
10/4/09 Wineglass Marathon Corning, NY Website
10/4/09 Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN Website
10/10/09 The Baltimore Running Festival Baltimore, MD Website
10/10/09 CenturyTel Wistle Stop Marathon and Half Marathon Ashland, WI Website
10/11/09 ING Hartford Marathon Hartford, CT Website
10/11/09 Tim Hortons Valley Harvest Marathon Wolfville, Nova Scotia (Canada) Website
10/11/09 Steamtown Marathon Scranton, PA Website
10/11/09 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL Website
10/11/09 Long Beach Marathon Long Beach, CA Website
10/17/09 Green Mountain Marathon Vermont Website
10/17/09 Indianapolis Marathon & Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Website
10/17/09 Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon Kansas City, MO Website
10/18/09 Mount Desert Island Marathon Maine Website
10/18/09 Atlantic City Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Website
10/18/09 Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon Columbus, OH Website
10/18/09 Des Moines Marathon Des Moines, IA Website
10/18/09 Duke City Marathon Albuquerque, NM Website
10/25/09 Dunkin’ Donuts Cape Cod Marathon Cape Cod, MA Website
10/25/09 Marine Corps Marathon Washington, D.C. Website
10/25/09 Niagara Falls International Marathon Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada) Website
10/25/09 The Metro Silicon Valley Marathon San Jose, CA Website
TBA North Coast Run for Hearts (10K and 5K) Geneva on the Lake, OH Website
TBA New Hampshire Marathon Bristol, NH Website
TBA Towpath Marathon Akron, OH Website
TBA Leavenworth Marathon Leavenworth, WA Website
TBA Mt. Rushmore Marathon Black Hills, SD Website
TBA Grand Canyon Marathon Grand Canyon, AZ Website
November 2009
Date Event Location Website
11/1/09 ING New York Marathon New York, NY Website
11/7/09 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Indianapolis, IN Website
11/8/09 Seacoast Half Marathon Portsmouth, NH Website
11/8/09 Santa Clarita Marathon Santa Clarita, CA Website
11/14/09 Run The River Marathon & Ultramarathon Folsom, CA Website
11/14/09 SunTrust Richmond Marathon Richmond, VA Website
11/15/09 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon San Antonio, TX Website
11/15/09 Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay Carmel, CA Website
11/21/09 Valley of Fire Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K Overton, NV Website
11/22/09 Philadelphia Marathon Philadelphia, PA Website
11/29/09 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Seattle, WA Website
TBA Spinx Run Fest Greenville, SC Website
TBA Dallas Running Club Half Marathon Dallas, TX Website
TBA Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon Atlanta, GA Website
TBA Midsouth Marathon Wayne, AR Website
December 2009
Date Event Location Website
12/6/09 California International Marathon Sacramento, CA Website
12/12/09 Kiawah Island Marathon Kiawah Island, SC Website
12/13/09 Tucson Marathon & Half Marathon Tucson, AZ Website
TBA St. Jude Marathon Memphis, TN Website
TBA Las Vegas Marathon Las Vegas, NV Website
TBA MTC Half-Marathon Madison, MS Website
TBA Thunder Road Marathon Charlotte, NC Website
TBA White Rock Marathon Dallas, TX Website
TBA Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, HI Website


May 27th, 2009 at 6:30 am
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Posted in: Training

There are many marathon training schedules available on the internet.  It can be difficult to know which one is right for you.  I live by the philosophy that less is more.  It seems like a good deal when you get the biggest payoff for the least amount of effort.

There are schedules that get technical with speed work and cross training, etc.  I haven’t used these techniques myself in my training.  Maybe I will get more hardcore in the future, but up until now my focus has been on finishing without feeling beat up.

There has been more research on training fewer times per week and building to a shorter long.  This is a break from the traditional line of thinking for marathon training.  People are having good results, though, training on as few as 3 days a week.  There are programs recommending the longest long run be only 16 miles.

I can tell you that this has been my approach.  I built to 18 miles my first marathon, and only 15 miles on my last two.  I have definitely been a 3 days per week runner (sometimes only 2!).  I have felt really good after all three marathons.

My marathons have been slow, and part of this was because I chose to run with partners.  I have yet to see what I can do on my own.  Speed has not been my goal in the past.  I do plan to take it to the next level in the future.  Of course (dare I even say it), I would love to reach the pinnacle of marathons:  The Boston Marathon.  That would require some serious speed.

Here is a good training schedule to get you started.  It is a pretty typical approach.  It should be adjusted to fit your lifestyle.  You can also adjust it to a less is more schedule of 3 days a week or a shorter long run.

Whatever you choose to do for your training, just know that you are embarking on a very exciting adventure.  You will join a club which has very few members, statistically speaking.  Nothing beats the feeling of marathon day.  The feeling in the air is indescribable.  Well…you’ll see.


16-Week Marathon Training Schedule

Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total
1 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 5 Rest 15
2 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 6 Rest 16
3 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 7 Rest 17
4 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
5 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 10 Rest 21
6 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 11 Rest 24
7 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 12 Rest 26
8 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 14 Rest 28
9 4 Rest 7 4 Rest 16 Rest 31
10 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 16 Rest 34
11 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 17 Rest 35
12 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 18 Rest 36
13 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 20 Rest 38
14 5 Rest 8 5 Rest 9 Rest 27
15 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
16 3 Rest 3 Walk 2 Rest 26.2 Rest 34.2