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Two Has-Beens Training for a Marathon

Two brothers, each in their forties and living on opposite sides of North America, report on efforts to train for a marathon in October, 2005.

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Are goals really a good thing?

Thu, 22 Dec 2005 13:33:13 PST

I've been thinking. It's been a couple months since the marathon, and I haven't kept up with running at all. Before I'd even planned to run the big event, I used to run three or four times a week. Now I just don't run. It's sort of like the whole "been there, done that" mentality has set in. I set the goal, and achieved it, so why bother continuing with it? That seems to be my attitude, and I

Cal International, December?

Tue, 18 Oct 2005 10:08:55 PDT

Haven't blogged in a while ... maybe post-marathon issues. I had a stressful week last week; following the big race, I had a speech to give on Friday during an awards luncheon at campus. I used the whole marathon experience as a way of thinking about the kinds of things that ought to happen as we shepherd students through their university experiences--not just people telling students to do things


Mon, 10 Oct 2005 06:13:01 PDT

Well Done, brother! I never had any doubt that you would finish, especially with the training that you have put in. Sounds like it was quite a bit different than you expected, but that is pretty understandable. How was the scenery? Did you even notice through the pain? Running in freezing temperatures is tough - you really need to have the right gear to be comfortable. And I expect that it

26.2 miles, Dammit!

Tue, 11 Oct 2005 19:50:49 PDT

So the big marathon was today! And I achieved my goal of finishing the flippin' thing! There are lots of things I think I should've done differently to get a better time--I think my time was around 5:47, but the official results aren't on the website yet. Oh, yeah--if you look at the results, you'll find my time listed under Pat's name, not mine. Clerical mistake, honest.It was really, really

15 hours and counting ...

Sat, 08 Oct 2005 17:04:41 PDT

Urgh. The marathon starts in just over 15 hours. I'm not entirely terrified, but I get a bit butterfly-ish when I think about it. It's likely to be cold to begin, but I don't doubt I'll warm up plenty quick. I'm worried about the end of the line, mostly. I think I'll be okay through about fifteen, then it'll be hard for five more, and then I don't have a clue about what'll happen! I'm hopeful


Tue, 04 Oct 2005 03:41:10 PDT

Peter, I have no doubt that you will do the Biz with no problems. You have done a great job training and I am really proud of your determination. Makes me want to be there and urge you on, even if I wasn't running...The title of your last blog was a bit misleading - I was certain that it had to do with farting during the run, but glad to learn that it was as harmless as mp3...I have ordered a

Hot & solitary, but musical ...

Fri, 30 Sep 2005 19:23:48 PDT

Went for a long run this morning. I started a little before 8, and got back almost exactly 3 hours later. I ran from home to upper park, took Middle Trail to the diversion dam, and then came back on the Yahi trail. I was feeling pretty good until I got to the feeder road that joins the big field by my house with the park--that's around 4 miles from home; I figure I was about 12+ miles into the

Busy week!

Sun, 25 Sep 2005 13:14:12 PDT

So I had an expectedly busy week--something like 12 meetings in addition to the normal obligations of a given work week. I didn't get the chance to run until Friday, but I made the most of the opportunity, anyway. I ran from home to Five Mile (4.5 miles), then did almost the entire lower Bidwell Park loop (I crossed the creek at the bridge just west of the Hwy 99 overpass) before returning to

A long, long run ...

Sat, 17 Sep 2005 15:30:06 PDT

Ran with the Quail again this morning. We ran for about 3:45, and figured that the total distance was probably around 20 miles, maybe a little more. Yikes. That's a long way. New personal record for me!I felt pretty good throughout, too--better than I have the last several outings. We hit a few hills toward the end--well, probably after 15 miles--and even though they weren't extraordinarily steep


Tue, 13 Sep 2005 18:11:24 PDT

I continue to be impressed with your perseverance, Lil' Bro. I have to admit that I am relieved that my tossing in the towel has not diminished your drive to get this thing done. I am happy that you are continuing with this challenge, and really wish that I could have been able to do it with you. I will definitely be thinking about you on the day of the race...

Running (legs, noses, &c.)

Mon, 12 Sep 2005 16:57:56 PDT

So I have more than I expected to blog, because I forgot to blog last week. I ran the usual 4.5 on Thursday, right on target with the 10 minute miles. I'll never get faster, but I'm okay with that. The run was uneventful; cooler air, decent-feeling legs, and no water carried. The enduralytes helped again, though; they generally get rid of headaches I'd previously faced after running.But Thursday

Crawling home at 18 ...

Sun, 04 Sep 2005 18:12:03 PDT

Since audioblogging this post (roughly 7 hours ago), I feel pretty good. I ate a decent meal (sort of a lunch-dinner thing in mid-afternoon), and have felt way less bonked that I suspected I would. But that doesn't negate the fact that I really practically crawled in the last 4 miles today. It was frickin' hard.

Supplemental information ...

Fri, 02 Sep 2005 19:52:59 PDT

Ran a little over 4 miles yesterday morning. I took a couple of Endurolyte capsules (e-caps) before leaving, and a couple more when I got back home. They seem to help; I felt fine while running--no gut-ache--and also seemed to feel better later in the day than I often feel. It was pretty hot, too, and I sweated quite a bit, so those pills must've helped at least a little.I also went to the doctor

Beast of burden ...

Tue, 30 Aug 2005 22:18:32 PDT

So, after feeling pretty crumpled by Sunday's run, and figuring that much of the ill effects were due to not enough water and electrolytes, I tried something new in my run this morning: I wore a camelback. I had to jury-rig my middle-sized one, giving it a waist strap so it wouldn't bounce. It turned out to work pretty well. I ran about 4.5 miles, and the pack didn't bug me a lot, although I

Fifteen revisited ...

Sun, 28 Aug 2005 16:07:10 PDT

Skating by ...

Fri, 26 Aug 2005 13:24:45 PDT

Rollerbladed a few miles with the dog today. I wanted to run, but didn't find the gumption. Pathetic, really. But the dog had to be exercised--she was going a little psycho after not getting out much the past few days. It's funny your mentioning the email about the blind marathoner ... I saw that, too, and thought: well, that'd be an interesting way to do this marathon thing! And her anticipated


Wed, 24 Aug 2005 17:36:30 PDT

Well, I was feeling pretty good, until I read your posts over that past two weeks. I have actually began running again, but not far at all. I have run 4 of the last 7 days, but no more than 4 miles each time. I saw a doctor before the Ireland trip, and he put me on Naprosyn for my achilles, and told me to stretch more. Well, I am stopping 3-4 times during my paltry runs to stretch, and it is

Recovery sucks

Tue, 23 Aug 2005 12:29:08 PDT

After the 15 miles on Saturday morning, I spent the day feeling a little woozy. I wasn't incapacitated or so sore I couldn't move or anything like that; I just felt a little sick, sort of like you feel the day after you've gotten over the flu. On Sunday, I felt pretty much back to normal, although my legs were a little stiff. Anyway, I ran today for 50 minutes--probably around 5 miles--but it was

Fifteen, baby!

Sat, 20 Aug 2005 11:50:26 PDT

I recorded this a few minutes after finishing my longest run ever--fifteen miles!

The advantage of shade ...

Wed, 17 Aug 2005 21:53:49 PDT

Another six-plus miles today. But instead of meeting the quails (who were running in the park at 8), I ran from home--getting 3 kids to 3 schools messes with morning schedules just a bit, you know. Anyway, it sure hit home why Bidwell Park is a better place to run than my normal routes: shade. On Sunday's 10-miler, we were in shade for probably 7 miles, and Monday's six was entirely in the shade.

Scurrying again ...

Mon, 15 Aug 2005 12:17:00 PDT

I apparently misnamed the running group yesterday; they are the scurrying, not the scattering, quail. At any rate, I ran with the quail again today, albeit in reduced form: just Rochelle and Gary were there today. We ran in lower Bidwell Park again, but a thankfully reduced route, too--just six miles, though that was more than enough. I took the dog, too, and she enjoyed the exercise. I can't say

Scattering quail ...

Sun, 14 Aug 2005 16:52:23 PDT

So I ran today for the first time with the Scattering Quail, an informal running group consisting of Rochelle (with whom I work a lot in the writing project), Gary and Marci (a married couple who are her colleagues at Corning High and are writing project people, too), and Bruce (who is principal at Corning). I'm the only one who hasn't done a marathon; Gary, with 4 under his belt, is next in line

A quick four miles

Thu, 11 Aug 2005 11:09:03 PDT

Ran around 4 miles this morning after dropping Tyler off for his junior high orientation. Took about 38 minutes, so either it was short of 4 miles by a bit, or I was faster than my usual 10 minute mile. Were I a betting man, my money would be on the former. I suppose I could use Google Earth to find out for sure, but I'd be afraid that the real distance of all my runs were significantly shorter

Rollercising ...

Wed, 10 Aug 2005 20:31:30 PDT

So Drew asked me this morning if I was interested in a little rollerblading, and we headed out for a little over three miles. It was hot, even though we hadn't even hit 9:30 am. Blading certainly uses different muscles than running--my legs, especially the quad and glute areas, were about shot by the end of the journey. But I suppose that having a couple of four-pound bricks on the ends of my

It's just too flippin' hot ...

Sun, 07 Aug 2005 21:54:17 PDT

I'm so good at making excuses. It's been so hot here--maybe a day under 100 in the last three weeks--so I haven't been running. The closest I came was to take Drew, Ty, and two of their buddies to the skatepark last Sunday for a little more than an hour of early-morning fun. Pathetic, really. I just need to run. This morning I was set to go--had been planning it for a few days because we had no