All posts tagged: marathon

Week 15: Is it all too much?

1.5 miles, 15:49 I knew this day would come. Or: I hoped it wouldn’t, but I figured it would. Trying to keep up with the heaviest part of the marathon training at the same time I’d be doing events and travel for Running: A Love Story (and also, you know, keeping up with my regular job)… Read more…

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Week 13: Drive 55

16 miles, 2:39:17 When I mapped out my training for the 2016 New Jersey Marathon, this week stood out. Not only did it call for 56 miles of running, but this week also overlapped with the launch of Running: A Love Story. I didn’t laugh so much when I saw that as I cackled. That would be… Read more…

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Week 10: Where’s your head at?

Six miles, including 4 sets of 1200m repeats with 400m recovery in between, 58:58 When I set out on my run today, I was in not in a good mood. A few things have been dragging me down: 1. Contract negotiations. I’m in a bit of a tense situation with a big publisher trying to… Read more…

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Week 9: Here comes the build up

Six miles, 1:00:18 So: this week I’m scheduled to do 47 miles. I’m at 28. I have 20 to run this weekend, split between two days. Ow. (And yes I know that adds up to 48 – I had some mileage added on because I ran to and from where I did speedwork). How am… Read more…

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Week 7: Five things

7 miles with 5 at marathon pace, 1:04:25 I’m trying to find something clever to say here, but I’m tired. It’s cold. It’s going to be very cold this weekend, and I have many miles to run. So how about four things I’m thinking about? Cool. I’m adjusting both my food and strength training to go with… Read more…

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Week 6: The hard stuff, and a magazine appearance

Four miles, 42:28 Well, I’m here: the hard part of the schedule began this week. Differences now: instead of five days a week of running, I’m running six. Instead of all easy, slow runs, one day a week is dedicated to speedwork and the other to a tempo run (here, that means miles run at… Read more…

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Week 5: The calm before the running storm

Rest day. This week marks the end of the “easy” training. I’ll put in 24 miles by Sunday, then jump up to 39 next week. At that point, this schedule also includes one “strength” workout (what most of you would call speedwork) and one tempo run a week. Gulp – not just about the higher mileage, but… Read more…

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Week 4: Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

  5 miles, 53:12 I saw somewhere today that the real feel temperature this morning was three degrees. I ran at 6:30 a.m., so I’m going to have to go with — or colder. It’s the first time that I’ve ever worn my balaclava and couldn’t pull the mouthpiece down at some point during the run from warming… Read more…

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Week 3: What is high mileage?

Four miles, 40:33 I’ve spent much of this week interviewing people who are going to be running in the Olympic Marathon Trials. I always ask about how many miles they run at their peak training. Most answer in the 100 to 110 range. For this training cycle, I’ll peak at 57 miles, which makes me sound… Read more…

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Week 2: Walt Disney World’s…interesting “jogging” site

3 miles, 32:31 In two weeks, I’m headed to Walt Disney World with my family (that being my [divorced] parents, my siblings, their spouses, their children and my grandparents. It is, by all accounts, a jamboree). I had a Florida Resident pass to Disney when I was in college, so I’ve seen just about everything… Read more…

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