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January 7, 2012

Picture of the week (Running at North Chagrin)

Filed under: Running — Tags: — Marcus @ 2:40 pm

I have been running on Saturdays with a new group down at the North Chagrin reservation  (http://hikingohioparks.com/north-chagrin-reservation-hiking-ohio-parks.html).  This has been great in so many ways, the group is a lot of fun to run with, the area is beautiful, it has really challenged me as a runner because it is much more hilly than around our neighborhood, etc.

Today I went out for a 9.5 mile run with one of the guys from the group, and it could not have been nicer, it was about 44 degrees, and muddy!  This picture is from one of the many bridges we run across while running around the park.

December 18, 2011

The life of my first Vibrams

Filed under: Running — Marcus @ 8:58 am

It is a sad thing to report, but I believe the time has finally come to replace my first pair of running shoes, my red Vibram Fivefinger KSO’s.  I recently tore up the top of the left shoe while skidding across the sidewalk after I tripped on a crack running before daylight.  Also the glue holding the sole to the shoe has been breaking down and the rubber on the toes has been flopping around some.  And then the final blow, during my last run, I wore through the rubber on bottom of my middle tow, so now that is hanging down and wants to catch on everything.

So I think its safe to say, these Vibrams are done, I am sad, but they do not owe me anything.  I have put them through hell week after week after week.  I run on rocks, pavement, lots of mud.  They are constantly soaked, and I wash them in the washing machine almost every week.  I have trained for and ran two full marathons, one half marathon, and several 5k’s.  I do not know exactly how many miles I have on them, but looking through my training logs, I would be surprised if they had less than 800 miles on them, I think they have closer to 1,000 miles.

Besides the raw miles, these were my first real running shoes.  When I started in these I could not run a single mile without having walking breaks.  I went from running about 12 minute miles down to where I can now run a mile in the lower 7 minute range.  Also throughout the life of this pair of Vibrams I have lost about 40 pounds, and I feel I am in the best shape I have been in my life.

I spent some time looking through my pictures where these Vibrams were the star and I decided to post up a short history of them in this article.  Several of the pictures have been posted on here before, but hopefully you don’t mind.

Running Cleveland Marathon in May 2011

Running the Lake Classic half marathon in June (This is at the finish line)

Running the Lions Club 5k also in June

Running the Drake Well marathon in August

So with that, I must say farewell to these wonderful shoes.  I already have the replacement for them and I have been trying to break them in, they are… wait for it… A new red pair of Vibram Fivefinger KSO’s (The exact same ones again 🙂 ).

One final note I thought was interesting, almost everyone, if you look at the soles of their old shoes they will have worn out either the inside or outside of their shoes (I used to always wear out the inside).  With my Vibrams, I wore out the rubber on the ball of my foot in the center.  That shows that I was striking the ground dead center on the ball of my foot and that my foot wasn’t rolling to one side or the other.  Try to get that wear pattern o


June 12, 2011

5k Race in FiveFingers

Filed under: Running — Tags: , — Marcus @ 4:05 pm

So I have not dropped off the face of the planet, I know it has been almost a month since I have posted.  Things get very busy for me over the summer and I just haven’t had time to write.

I have not been doing that many different things, mostly trying to keep up on yardwork and of course as much running as I can fit in. Since running the Cleveland full marathon, I have been just out enjoying myself.  Last weekend I ran the Distance Classic Half Marathon in Concord, OH (About half an hour from my house).  It was a really fun run, and I was able to do it in 2:04.  I was hoping for between 2:00-2:15, so I was right where I wanted to be.

This weekend I ran two 5k races, yesterday was a practice race so I could try to figure out how to run a shorter race, I have been training for such long distances that it is totally different running the shorter ones.  I took off way to fast on this race running the first mile in about 6 minutes 30 seconds, I spent the next couple miles really trying to just keep going.  I finished pretty close to the front, at least in the top 20 I would guess out of a few hundred runners.

Today I ran again, this time with two friends/coworkers (Matt & Rebecca).  Rebecca has been working the the couch potato to 5k training program for the last 2-3 months I think, and this was her first 5k, I was hoping it would work out for me to be able to run it with her for the heck of it, and then I talked her husband (Matt) into running it as well.  They did great and they both beat their personal records for the distance.

I was excited because I ended up winning this race, the race coordinators were running the 5k and a Biathlon at the same time, both races did the same course, but at the end the Biathlon runners got on their bikes for the second leg of their race while the 5k runners exited to the finish line.  I pretty much kept up with the first group of runners through the whole race, they didn’t have mile markers so I wasn’t really sure how far along we were until I was within half a mile of the finish line and I was still moving pretty fast.  I didn’t realize until after I crossed the finish line that I was the first runner through for the 5k.  The next runner for the 5k was a full 3 minutes behind me!

That being said, that 5k is very small, I am not sure how many people ran it, but I doubt that there was more than 15-20 people that ran it.  I finished in 22:28 I think (I will get an official time in a couple days).  All three of us ended up getting metals.  I got the overall mens first place,  Rebecca got third place in her age group, and Matt got first place in his age group.

Overall, it was a great run, and I have been having a fun time running some shorter races while I am still training for my next marathon.

Check out the Vibrams, Matt and I both raced in Vibram KSO’s.  Rebecca is going to start training in hers for the next race!

May 18, 2011

Cleveland Marathon, The Summary

Filed under: Running — Tags: , — Marcus @ 6:43 am

So I have now completed my first marathon.  It was a very interesting (and painful) experience, but I learned a lot of lessons, and you can bet you will be seeing me at the starting line again, soon.

To start out with, the Marathon was scheduled to start at 7am, the website wasn’t all that clear on how to get down to the starting line, they just made reference to the roads being closed down at 6am.  I decided I didn’t want any stress in getting there and finding out where I needed to be etc, so I had my friend Paul drop me off down by the stadium at 5am.  They already had closed down most of the roads and we drove around a bunch of road closed signs to get there.  I may have gotten there a touch early though, I am pretty sure I was the very first runner there by about 15-20 minutes (and there were about 19,000 runners).  However, next year for the Cleveland Marathon, you can bet I will probably show up at 5am once again.  I had no stress running around, had time to relax and focus on what I needed to do that day, and I got to talk to quite a few people.

The beginning of the marathon was interesting, I am a very new runner, and I have never run with anyone else before.  The beginning of the marathon (and by beginning, I mean like 9 miles) could best be described as a stampede, it was shoulder to shoulder runners for at least the first 5-6 miles.  I spent a lot of energy trying to keep up with the pace group I signed up for (a group led by veteran runners with a goal of finishing in 3 hours and 50 minutes), there were so many people, my group kept getting ahead of me, and I would have to run side to side to try and find a hole I could move ahead some.  It also was a bit unnerving because I couldn’t see the road very well and I need to be careful of what I step on in my Vibrams.

By the 9th mile I knew I couldn’t keep fighting the crowd or maintain that pace, so I decided to leave my pace group and just run what felt natural, that was probably my best decision in the marathon, the next 7 miles flew by.  Also as soon as we rounded about 12 miles the half marathon runners split off to head back to the finish line, at that point it was no longer crowded and I could really just focus on me running.

Mile 15, I started feeling a twinge just above my left knee in one of my quads, it felt like a bit of a knot, it seemed odd as I hadn’t had any issues with cramping in my training, I just kind of hoped it would go away.

Mile 16, My left leg totally cramped up, I was running down Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and my leg totally cramped, I almost fell over in the street, I couldn’t walk, I wasn’t really all that sure what I should do.  I just stood there and stretched as much as I could until I could move to the side of the road.  I spent probably 5 minutes or so doing basic stretches until I could walk again, I then walked for probably 200 feet before I started running again.

The next two or three miles I ran until my legs would lock, and then I would stretch until I could walk again, I was in pretty bad shape, I ended up being able to recognize when my legs where going to lock and start walking right before that, so I would run a quarter mile, walk a 100 feet or so, then back to running, I did this through the end of the marathon.  My running was not looking so good at this point, I had lost a good bit of range of motion from the cramping so it was a very stiff slow run.

In the end I ended up running the full marathon in 5 hours 2 minutes, I lost an hour to the cramping as my time at the half marathon distance was 2 hours.  I was kind of disappointed I wasn’t able to do it in 4 hours, but my main goal for this, my first marathon, was just to finish, which I did.

During the race my wife Meagan and two of my good friends Paul and Jess spent their time fighting the Cleveland public transit to try and get ahead of me and cheer me on, I had worked out a route beforehand that would allow them to see me at 5 places max if everything went as planned, I ended up seeing them at 3 of the places.  It was an unbelievable boost each time I saw them, and it really was a driving factor when I was out there knowing that we had a checkpoint ahead where they may be.

Almost everyone has wanted to know how it was running the marathon in my Vibrams.  Well, in the end my feet hurt less than most of the rest of me, I feel that the Vibrams really rocked out there.  I never found myself thinking I was an idiot for attempting to run such a distance in a “barefoot” shoe.  The question of what I thought of running in my Vibram’s is really an invalid question though as I was never able to run distance until I changed over to them, so I can’t compare running a marathon in running shoes VS the Vibrams.  Also for those interested, I was running in the Vibram KSO’s, I spent awhile trying to decide between my KSO’s and my KSO TrekSport’s, the difference is that the TrekSports have twice as thick of soles which offer more protection.  However, I am very glad I choose to run in the thinner KSO’s.  Having the extra contact with the ground makes you run softer and saves your feet for later in the race.

As for the cramping, I spent some time researching when I got home, I believe the cramping was due to two things:  #1 Salt deficiency, #2 lack of training.  I have a very low salt diet as Meagan and I prepare almost all our own food from scratch, so we are not getting all the heavily salted prepackaged stuff many people do, and when we cook, we use very little salt.  As for the training, I lost 2 weeks in the middle of my training plan which made it hard to catch back up on my long runs, then at the very end I wasn’t able to run for 3 weeks leading up to the marathon because of my work schedule.  I started really cramping at mile 16, right up until then I still felt great, I wasn’t tired at all, which is why I think it was a combination of the lack of training and salt, I think if either of those had not been present I probably would have been fine.

As of Wednesday morning, I am feeling mostly better, I was really sore on Monday, Tuesday was quite a bit better, and today I am almost totally out of pain.  I am planning to start back running this week, I will be starting off slow as it will take several weeks for my body to totally recover, but I should be able to do a few miles here and there.  I am following Hal Higdon’s post marathon 4 week plan for recovery (I followed his training program leading up to the marathon as well).

I am already planning the next couple marathons, I am planning to run the Drake Well marathon in the middle of August, it is a tiny marathon back where I grew up (Last year about 80 people ran it).  I am not going to push my training, I am going to do what is comfortable, and just try and log a lot of miles between now and then.  I will of course be posting my progress here as I go.

May 14, 2011

Reflecting back over my marathon training

Filed under: Running — Tags: , — Marcus @ 6:25 am

Note: I will be running the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday May 15th, the marathon starts at 7am, and I am hoping to run it in 4 hours or less, this is my first marathon.

If you want to see how I am doing on the race please check out http://runkeeper.com/user/KD8ITX between 7am-11:30am (when I am planning to run).  I will be carrying my iPhone through the race, and if all goes well it will update that site automatically as to where I am.

Its time.  I have been training for about 8 months, I have lost about 35 pounds, besides taking time off to heal from various minor injuries along the way I have been running 3-4 times a week.  Back in September I ran the Spartansburg 5k and I made it about 1.5 miles before I was exhausted and I had to walk a good part of the way back.  In October I started running in my Vibrams and had to start over again at 1 mile.  I celebrated the first time I ran 3 miles without having to take a walking break, and I blew myself away the first time I broke running three miles in 24 minutes (8 minutes/mile).  It seemed impossible the first time I broke 10 miles, then 15, and recently 20 miles in a single run.

I have covered a lot of ground this last year, basically re-learned how to run, and spent a ton of time at the gym, and more than my fair share of time limping around at work and at home from my long runs.  And you want to know what has driven me to do all of this?  I have no idea.  I would like to have some bit of ancient wisdom that is pushing me on, or maybe some charity or something noble like that, however I can’t think of one.  Instead it was a seed that I planted in my head that I could be an endurance athlete, it was my mind driving me to push myself a bit harder and do something totally out of my ability.

One thing about myself, I love pushing myself to do things.  I firmly believe that each time you push yourself to do something outside of your reach it makes you a better person, just keep raising the bar, even if its a little bit.  I started about 2 years ago getting a membership at the gym to try and strengthen my core muscles in my back so that I could stop throwing my back out and maybe I could keep from causing permanent injury to my back.  Little by little I pushed myself at the gym getting into shape, I got to a point last summer though where I was getting bored and finding it hard to make it to the gym, that was when the seed that I could be a runner was planted.

There is a quote I like from the Matrix, when Neo is in the car about to meet Morpheus there is a point where they stop the car and Neo has to either get out or decide to go with them, the following conversation happens:

Switch: Stop the car. Listen to me, Copper-top. We don’t have time for twenty questions. Right now there’s only one rule, our way or the highway.
Neo: Fine. (Neo opens the door to get out)
Trinity: Please, Neo. You have to trust me.
Neo: Why?
Trinity: Because you have been down there, Neo. You know that road. You know exactly where it ends. And I know that’s not where you want to be.

I like that section from the movie because I feel so many people spend their whole lives going down the same road over and over and over again.  I get to do a lot of cool things, and I write about many of them on my blog here, but in reality, all of the neat things I do is just me deciding that I am going to take half an hour here or an hour there and do something a bit out of the norm.  Do that enough times and your norm will shift into something pretty cool.

So no magical wisdom in what I am doing, just the knowledge that every time I push myself to do something more difficult or complicated, even if I don’t know what I will get out of it, it always seems in retrospect to be one of the greater things that I did.

Now, I do want you to notice I am writing and publishing this before my marathon, I might not think it was such a great idea if I was to write this article the day after my marathon!  Though I have a feeling this is more of the beginning of my real training lesson (and marathon career) rather than the end of my training leading up to my marathon.

April 2, 2011

Marathon Update – 17 Miles & Mud

Filed under: Running — Tags: , , , — Marcus @ 12:48 pm

Its been a tough couple of weeks running wise, I am trying to get adjusted to running outside and I missed another of my long runs last week (I ran 13 miles instead of the 16 I was supposed to).  This week I didn’t make it out for my two shorter runs because I was too tired to do it (And I have found that is when I tend to get hurt).

However, I feel that I made it back on track all in one run today, today was a 17 mile run, the furthest I have gone before today was 15 miles, and I didn’t do so well with that run.  However today went very well, this was also my first long run I have done outdoors, my longest run outside before today was 8 miles, and that was the run that triggered my bout of Peroneal Tendonitis (http://www.kd8itx.com/blog/2011/03/marathon-update-ouch-peroneal-tendonitis/).  I decided to just go for it today and try a really long run outside because I couldn’t face spending 3 hours running at the gym and probably having a really awful movie on.

While I was out a couple weeks ago scouting places to take my wild edibles group, I found out that I could string together trails at three different parks here along with a few miles of running through some nice neighborhoods, I decided to give that one a run today, it turns out the route is 6 miles each way which is a great distance.  I get to run along two different trails that are along lake Erie and about 2 miles of trails going through the woods.

Having a long trail that goes through very interesting areas made all the difference in the world, running back and forth on a boring route makes it really easy to decide that you are going to cut things short, but with the longer run, you have the knowledge that you are upwards to 6 miles away from your car and that the fastest way back is to run :-).  The miles were pretty easy up until about mile 13-14 where my feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back hurt.  Though I realized pretty quickly that it actually hurt more to walk than to run, so on I pushed.

Going through the woods there was a ton of mud, there were fairly long stretches I had to walk, but the walking was every bit as challenging as running as they were really slick.  I ended up running over several roots that hit my arches well I ran and I found out that was about the most pain I have ever felt in my feet (The roots were under leaves so you couldn’t even see them, evil!).  However even with the mud and the pain from the roots, it was well worth running through that section of woods because it was such an interesting trail.

I am still going to physical therapy, I am going every other week.  The girl I am working with there has been working on getting me more flexible, and most importantly working the knots out of my calves.  There is a very noticeable difference in my runs before and after I go to physical therapy.

So there you have it, it turns out I can run 17 miles, and I am feeling much better about my marathon to know that I am back on schedule, these distances are hard, but that is expected.  We will see how I feel tomorrow though (The day after a long run tends to be brutal).

March 19, 2011

Marathon update (Long, long miles)

Filed under: Running — Tags: , — Marcus @ 2:00 am

So the mileage continues to build, this was my schedule this week:

  • Saturday (last) – 10 Miles
  • Monday – 3 Miles
  • Tuesday – 7 Miles
  • Friday – 15 Miles

So far so good, I have had some muscle soreness, but I haven’t run into any more tendon issues.  My 15 mile run was brutal, it was a huge jump up from my last highest (10 miles), because of the injury a few weeks ago, I am trying to catch back up again.  I ended up running 10 miles, then basically walking 1/4 mile, running 3/4 mile, rinse repeat.  For most of my runs I am able to run the entire thing with no walking, however as per the training guide it is perfectly fine to walk during the runs.

I am also starting to practice drinking Gatorade while I am running as well as taking power gels every 5 miles to keep my energy level up.  The marathon book I read (Marathon the Ultimate Training Guide by Hal Higdon) said over and over to practice using everything you will use during the run, and they will be handing out Gatorade and the power gels during the race.  I am very glad I have started using them now though, as some of the flavors upset my stomach as I am running, and I could work out all those issues now rather than during the actual race.

If anyone is interested to see the training schedule I am following, you can see it at: http://www.halhigdon.com/marathon/Mar00novice.htm, I am following the “Novice 1” program, I just completed week 10 in the program.  When you look at the training days, I have mine shifted backwards one day, so the Tuesday run I do on Monday, I did this because I am gone so many weekends it was hard to fit in my long runs, by shifting it a day, I run my long runs typically on Friday.

This week I really started feeling the mileage, training for a marathon is not an impossible goal, but it is quite difficult.  It also takes a LOT of time, I knew when I looked at the schedule it would, but when I see how many hours I am spending on the treadmill I really realize how tough a schedule this really is.  It is hard to get up and around in time to get my miles in and still make it to work on time in the mornings.  I am very lucky to work for a company that if I am a bit late, its not a big deal.  For example, my 15 mile run, I was on the treadmill for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, I of course hadn’t planned on walking at all, so it took about 40 minutes longer than expected which made me late to work.

It is also interesting to see how my Polyphasic sleeping schedule works with marathon training, I have had many people ask me if I am still doing Polyphasic, and I am, well sort of.  I am still taking my naps, but I have found that I have to sleep longer at night (Currently sleeping 6 hours at night).  My normal schedule where I get 4 hours total of sleep per night works fine as long as I am not dealing with injuries, that is one of the few things where your body needs raw sleep, most of the time you are asleep is optional time, but when you are sick or have an actual injury, you need the raw hours of sleep.  Seeing that I am dealing with my body constantly having to fight inflammation and muscle soreness, I need to get more hours of sleep per night.  Once I am done with the Marathon, I will switch back to my normal Polyphasic schedule.

March 12, 2011

Marathon update (Back to running)

Filed under: Running — Tags: , — Marcus @ 2:00 am

So the limping is over, thank goodness!  The anti-inflammatory that the doctor prescribed me was fast, within about 24 hours, my foot was done hurting.  This week I have been slowly getting my mileage back up, starting with 1 mile last Friday and working up to 4 miles this Wednesday.  If you are reading this between 8am – 9:30am, then I will most likely be out running my long run for the week (10 miles this week).

I was surprised at how much I missed running, I was starting to twitch not being able to have my morning run, I was still going into the gym and spending the same amount of time I would have been running and instead working out on the elliptical machine, however that is not much of a workout for me anymore.  A couple of nice things that came out of this injury, I am now hooked up with a great physical therapy place that has a lot of experience with runners.  That may not sound that great, but now I have a place that can monitor my running and give some feedback, they are going to help me a bit with my form and such to help prevent future injuries.  Also after meeting with them, they said I was in excellent shape overall and they cleared me to get back to my normal training schedule.

So depending on weather, hopefully this next week I will be able to try running outside again, however I am going to take it a bit easier this time, I am going to do my 3 and 4 mile runs outside to get used to running on pavement before I start trying to run the long runs again out there.  My physical therapist told me that as soon as I felt comfortable with running outside I should probably start doing short runs, as I will need all the time I have to get used to it since the Marathon is coming right up.

This last week while I was browsing through some sites reading about others that have run marathons in Vibram FiveFingers I ran across a website from Harvard University where they were highlighting the difference of running barefoot VS running in shoes, it was great to see that they had studies and research to backup the fact that running basically barefoot was in fact not bad for you, and that in most cases it is better than running using regular running shoes.  It was fascinating to watch the slow motion video’s of a runner running in shoes VS barefoot and to see how much softer overall it was on their joints.  I was also very interested to see that there is no issues with running on hard surfaces barefoot.  I know that has been one of the bigger questions people ask of me, and now I have an answer, running barefoot on pavement isn’t bad for my joints, it will just take a little bit for my body to adjust to it.  Please take some time to look around their site, especially the FAQ there, they really have some great info. (http://www.barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu/index.html)

Hopefully, for my update next week I can share some really successful runs, and maybe have a picture from a gorgeous morning run!

March 5, 2011

Marathon Update, Ouch – Peroneal Tendonitis

Filed under: Running — Tags: , , — Marcus @ 2:00 am

So, first major setback since I started training for my Marathon.  It turns out I hurt my foot during the very same run I posted a picture of last week (http://www.kd8itx.com/blog/2011/02/marathon-update/).  In my excitement to get to run outside for the first time, I didn’t think things through and my first time running on pavement instead of a treadmill I ran 7 miles.  The smart thing would have been to do one of my shorter 3 mile runs outside and build up to my longer runs.

Hindsight, it turns out is still 20/20.  Anyways, I have been limping around for almost two weeks now, my foot doesn’t hurt bad, it actually doesn’t hurt at all unless I try walking more than a few hundred yards.  However, it is hard to run when your tendons are burning a bit.

After the first week of icing my foot and resting, it didn’t seem to be getting much better, so I scheduled an appointment with a local Podiatrists, I wasn’t able to get in until just this last Thursday.  It took them all of 5 minutes to confirm what I thought it was (Peroneal Tendonitis), but it was funny to watch their thought processes on how to treat it.  I had worn my Vibram FiveFinger shoes in, I wanted to make sure they were aware of what they were since they are quite different than the norm.  The doctor started saying that this was a common overuse injury and that they would just get me an insert to put into my …, as he was saying that his gaze moved to my Vibrams and his voice trailed off, then he said “Huh, I don’t think an insert would do much in those shoes”.

He conferred with another doctor, and they mentioned me switching to regular shoes for awhile, but I told them part of the point of wearing the Vibrams was to strengthen my overall foot, which they agreed it would, and after talking for a few minutes they decided that any type of support would go against what I am trying to do (strengthen my overall foot).  In the end they prescribed some anti-inflammatory medicine and then referred me to a local physical therapy office where they said most of the staff there were runners as well.

So on Tuesday I will be going in there, they are probably going to have me run on a treadmill with my Vibrams on and record my running so they can look at it in slow motion and see if there is anything in my running gait that is incorrect.  They will also probably do electronic stim and such as well to help with healing my foot (I went through this a bit over a year ago with my lower back).  Either way, I am really itching to get back to running.  You can bet one of my first questions to the physical therapist will be when I can start running again.

As for my marathon, I have not been running, but I am still going into the gym and training on an elliptical machine, it is not nearly as good as running, but it is better than nothing.  I am very much hoping that this injury doesn’t prevent me from running a full marathon, however I still have over two months before the marathon, so my chances are good at recovering and getting back to my training.  At this point my worst case scenario is that I will have to drop back to running a half marathon instead of the full one.

I should probably also note, this is not the first injury I have gotten since I started running in my Vibram FiveFingers, its just the first one I have gotten since I started the “official” training program for my marathon.  I have had small issues fairly often.  However, that is by no means proof that you need shoes with lots of support, etc.  Each injury I have gotten so far is almost like a milestone for me, it is almost like I am finding my weakest point and then I have the opportunity to strengthen that point and move on.  When I first started running I had so many aches and pains in my knees, ankles, tendons in my feet, my Achilles tendon, my arches hurting, etc.  It really is enough to discourage many people, but you have to realize what is happening, all of those aches and pains were happening right along side my feet and legs getting stronger.  By wearing shoes with so much support, our feet and legs have lost so much of its own support, that if you force them to have to support you again on their own, you will go through these same types of issues.

I can feel a definite difference since I started running in my Vibrams, my arches in my feet are higher, my calves and tendons are much stronger than they ever were, and I have noticed that my overall posture while standing, walking, and running has improved.  I very much believe that the aches and pains along the way are worth the benefits I am beginning to see.

February 26, 2011

Marathon Update

Filed under: Running — Tags: , , — Marcus @ 2:00 am

I am tentatively thinking of doing a regular Saturday post with updates on my Marathon training status, I am not sure how much people will care to read about it, but since it is taking up the majority of my free time at this point I figured I would start writing about it.

The picture above was taken during my run last week, we had a couple day of really nice weather and I was able to get outside to run for the very first time this year.  It was also the first run I have done outdoors in my Vibrams, and the first run I have done since I started doing any serious running.  I got up to Headlands state park right at sunrise, I actually got there before they opened up the park for the day so I had to park about a mile away, then I just ran there, and then ran back and forth on the trail they have that goes along the lake until I hit my 7 miles I had to run for the day.

I know that most of the people I know think I am crazy for training for the marathon, but on days like this, I really am glad I am doing it.  I got to spend an hour running on a trail watching the sun come up, it was warm outside, but there was still ice on the lake.  I am in good enough shape at this point that it is not difficult to run, and it sure beats what I know many people do, which is to roll out of bed after hitting the snooze button a dozen times, drown themselves in coffee and then proceed to try and fight traffic on the way to work.

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