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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


Lessons Learned – Portland Marathon 2012

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

And Now Back to your Regularly Scheduled Programming

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!

26.2 Miles to Victory!

2011 PDX Marathon Finisher Shirt

I got me one of these!!

I did it! Sunday October 9th I ran in the 40th annual Portland Marathon, and I finished in 3 hours and 32 minutes: A wonderful time for a first marathon if I do say so myself. Things went far from perfectly, but it was a resounding success any way I look at it.   The whole story of the weekend is below the break. Continue reading