I’ve disappeared from this blog for far too long and I’m back! I’ve just finished a month in which I ran my Personal Worst on the same course that I PR’d on last year, and then due in part to a stroke of luck, I redeemed myself (in my eyes) with a great race this last Sunday. I’m feeling re-invigorated and recommitted to my running goals, and my goal of becoming a personal trainer. Details after the break Continue reading
Posted in Blog, Races, Running, Training & Nutrition
Tagged Fitness, Goal Setting, Marathon, Marathon Maniacs, Race Report, running, Tacoma, Tacoma City Marathon, ups and downs, Yakima, Yakima River Canyon Marathon
A New Year is a lot like the starting line of a marathon. You’re all rested and renewed, either by the holidays or your taper (though for some those things might make you feel weak and drained). You start full of plans, goals and expectations, some you will achieve and some you might not, but either way you are ready to try your damnedest to succeed. Soon people fall back, maybe their goal was too ambitious, they didn’t prepare themselves or they don’t believe in themselves enough. Some who stumble early will drop out, others will find the strength inside to push and surpass what they set out to do. In the end just finishing another one (year or marathon) is reason to celebrate. I did not have the perfect 2012 when it came to my fitness and running goals. I don’t think I bit off more than I could chew, but some unhealthy habits relapsed and held me back from full success. Even with the stumbles along the way, this was my best running year yet, and I learned some things that I can apply to make 2013 even better. Continue reading
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Tagged Fitness, Goal, Goal Setting, Marathon, Marathon Training, New Year, Portland Marathon, running, Training, ups and downs, Weight Loss
We interrupt our regular, mostly running and fitness related programming for some shameless promotion of my current theatre project, opening this weekend!
Cardenio | Directed by Tony Driscoll
THREE WEEKS ONLY! November 2-17, 2012 - Thursdays through Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Center Theatre at the Armory at Seattle Center (formerly the Center House Theatre)
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED! RESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW!
FREE - donations accepted.
SHOW PROGRAM (PDF – opens in new window)
Details after the break
Posted in Acting, Blog
Tagged Acting, Cardenio, Center House, GreenStage, Halloween, Hard Bard, Seattle, Shakespeare, Theatre, William Shakespeare
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill
After a too long hiatus from blogging, I’m back. Ideally I’ll get back to having 2-4 posts a week, but a minimum of 1. My training kind of went out the window due to a busy busy summer and I didn’t achieve my goal of breaking 3 hours at the Portland Marathon… I didn’t even come near it. Despite my self-abuse for the first few days afterward, it was not a failure, it was a learning experience. It has never been clearer to me that a marathon is just as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. Continue reading
Pistorious taking part in the Landsmót ungmennafélags Íslands in Kópavogur, Iceland, the largest sporting event in Iceland.
(C) Elvar Pálsson
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Alison and Tim Delgado and their inspiring journey, saying that it would be the start of a series about people who inspire me. There are a plethora of stories I’ve read in Runner’s World and elsewhere that I could draw on, but a picture I saw on Reddit compelled me to write about South African Olympian and double amputee Oscar Pistorius. Continue reading
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Tagged 2012 Summer Olympics, Inspiration, London, Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic, Paralympic Games, Pistorius, running, South Africa, Track and field
As I promised yesterday, I’m getting back on track with the Week in Review posts today. I think they’re one of the best ways I have for publicly holding myself accountable to my goal. Since I was coming off such an inconsistent period with the last 2 months I didn’t want to just rocket back up to 70 and exhaust myself, so I set a goal of 5 days and 50 miles with hopefully one or two 2-a-days.
Now for this week:
Well, well: it’s been 2 months since the previous Week in Review post. I got busy with GreenStage rehearsals -
Interrupting Shameless Self Promotion: If you’re in Seattle or the nearby environs, come see me and many talented others including Alysha in Henry VIII, for free! Now back to the post at hand-
, my willpower went out the window and I had 7 weeks of sporadic running. Because I want folks to hold me accountable, prepare for an info-dump after the break:
Today I’m starting a new series about people who inspire me. Most of the time this is likely going to be someone that reminds me what I’m attempting to achieve, and that any achievement is possible with hard work. This will usually be someone in the public eye, be it a runner, an athlete, an actor, a politician, even a fictional character (odds are there will be a Batman or Flash post sooner or later). From time to time I will discuss those who inspire me in my day to day life, like my wonderful girlfriend Alysha, who is always supporting me in my goals while fighting for her own; or my Dad who at 71 is regularly going on hikes and long (and I do mean long) bike rides. Inspiration is everywhere, but most people don’t tend to focus on it, they tend to focus on the distractions that are keeping them from their goals.
Alison Delgado competes in the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon
Image (C) Mayfield Clinic Blog
Today’s inspirations are Dr. Alison Delgado and her Husband Tim. Alison was the focus of a story by Nancy Averett in the June 2012 issue of Runner’s World magazine. She recovered from a nearly life ending injury in October 2010 to run a new PR at the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon on May 6th. See their story and why it inspires me after the break. Continue reading
Wow, I’ve been busy the last 6 weeks or so and blogging went out the window, along with most of my training since Memorial Day. Between my W.I.T.S. certification class in May and early June and the rehearsal process for Henry VIII (4 hours, 6 days a week) I let my excuses get in the way of my goals.
This week that changes. I’m not jumping back into 4 2-a-days a week because going from 20-35 miles a week back to 70+ miles in one week is a recipe for failure. So far I’ve got 8 miles Sunday, 9 miles Monday (containing a 5×800 workout), and a 2-a-day today (8 in the morning and 6 tonight). My speed has suffered by not sticking to my workout schedule, but I’ve still got 11 weeks before Portland, and I think I can still pull off the BQ but I’m going to have to work hard. Good thing is, I love a challenge!
After an unintentional hiatus, I’m back blogging with a week in review! The week I missed blogging (5/6-5/12) I didn’t do so well, I may have pushed too hard to break 75 the previous week and my body just decided not to co-operate. I just could not get up in the morning to get out the door. I wound up missing 2 planned runs (Wednesday and Friday morning) and cutting one short (Saturday’s long run). I ended that week with a total of 59.99 miles, which really isn’t that bad all things considered, but I beat myself up a bit about it.
Now for this week: