Marathons

Experiences leading up to my first marathon, and beyond.

19
Apr

My First Marathon Story

On Saturday the 17th of April, 2010, I completed my first marathon. The full story is below, but let’s start out by quickly reviewing how I got here. Before the Beginning The first time I remember having any sort of desire to run a marathon was circa 2005-2006. I remember talking with Bruce Miller, my […]

14
Apr

Marathon Wear and Tear (Chafing)

Chafing is such an ugly word, isn’t it? This Saturday I’ll run my first marathon, and I could use some advice on clothing. The temperature is going to be around 50 degrees at the start of the race, and probably around 70 degrees by the time I finish. I’ve been training through the winter, so […]

13
Apr

Countdown to Marathon – 4 Days, and Some Torture

In four days I’ll be running my first marathon. I’m not 100% I’ll finish due to a soleus strain which unfortunately cannot be healed or overcome strictly by willpower, exercise, stretching, or physical therapy. Not that those things don’t help, but they only provide ideal conditions in which the strain can heal itself. The good […]

27
Mar

Which Marathon Should I Run?

I’ll be doing a half-marathon April 18th, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The next event for me will be a full marathon, but which one? The next feasible marathon would be the Utah Valley marathon, June 13th, but that gives me less than two months of training to get from 13.1 miles to 26.2. […]

27
Mar

Half-Marathon, April 18th, Salt Lake City, Utah

Now that my back has healed, or is at least healing, I’m in full training mode for the half-marathon April 18th, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was supposed to be my first full marathon, but my disc injury took away 1-2 months of my training and made it impossible. I’m actually lucky to […]

09
Jan

14-week Marathon Training Plan?

Whatever my injury started out as, it definitely appears to be irritation of the sciatic nerve at the moment. It seems to be recovering quickly now that I’m back from Christmas vacation, which involved a lot of driving which seemed to irritate it a lot more, so I don’t think I’ve got a disc injury, […]

17
Dec

I’m not running

I was supposed to start my marathon training on Monday, but I didn’t. My hamstring has still been hurting quite a bit. Sharp, shooting pain from the top of my left buttock down to my knee. Yesterday I did a lot of stretching and I must admit it hurt a lot less today. I’ll do […]

21
Nov

Pulled Hamstring Treatment

1. Rest – Tell your wife you’ve got to lay on the couch and watch TV for the next two weeks. 2. Ice Cream – Get several pints of Ben & Jerry’s. Apply one pint for 15 minutes to the affected area. Once the ice cream has softened up a bit, eat it. Repeat this […]

22
Sep

My Marathon Training Plan

I’ve never been much for following a plan. In training for my half-Ironman I just went out and biked longer than I had biked before, ran farther than I had run before, and swam farther than I had swam before. I just kept increasing the distances, and tried to go at a reasonable pace–not too […]

22
Sep

Just signed up for the Salt Lake Marathon, April 18th, 2009

Assuming the country still exists (I’m not too keen on either of our Presidential candidates), I’ll be running the Salt Lake Marathon on Saturday April 18th, 2009. So much for my other plan. My friend who got me into all this stuff in the first place just did his first marathon a few days ago, […]

13
Sep

My Next Event

So you may be noticing that the last event I did was a half-Ironman back in March, and it’s now September. Did I quit after that and actually skip the entire summer? Well, yes and no. I haven’t done any events since March, and I won’t be doing any more this year. But I have […]