Tag Archives: Marathon Training

An Open Letter to Myself

Hello Geb,

You’ve lapsed, as a runner, a fitness aficionado and as a blogger. 2015 has been your least consistent year on the road and at the gym since you decided to run marathons in 2010. You’ve become substantially slower, substantially heavier and substantially weaker. You didn’t make fitness a priority this year and that is absolutely okay, it’s not optimum, but it’s okay.  It’s time to get back on the wagon and to do that, you need a goal and a plan.

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Weeks in Review: 9/22-9/28 and 9/29-10/5

So this is going to be a 2 for 1 post… I was sick last week and didn’t have the energy or focus to blog properly (or train properly for that matter).  So I’m going to do the last 2 weeks in review rather than just 1.

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The Return of The Week in Review: 9/15-9/21

Blogging hasn’t exactly been on the top of my priority list lately, but I’ve decided to get back at it.  If I’m going coach people on how to run, I should be public and open with my training so people can learn from my successes and failures. I’ll be trying to post at least twice a week again going forward, one post on the previous week’s training and one post of some inspiration. After the break I’ll go into last week’s training Continue reading

Looking Back at 2012, and Forward to 2013

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

Building a Base, and Finding a Plan

With my current acting project Cardenio into the last week of its run,  it’s time to start thinking about my next race… the Yakima River Canyon Marathon (along with planning my wedding to my lovely fiancee Alysha).  After a summer where running took an extreme backseat, and my performance at the Portland Marathon being so disappointing,  I want to make sure that I set myself up for a successful Boston Qualifying (BQ) time at Yakima.  It’s pretty easy to set a goal, but when achieving a goal the real question is: How?

I think a BQ time is going to be achievable as long as I stick to a training plan that’s vigorous enough to challenge me, but allows for active recovery.

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Week in Review (7/15-7/21)

 

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:

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Missed Weeks in Review (in Review)

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 VIIIfor 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:

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