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Marathon Training Issue #6: Running For Charity?

Greetings faithful readers! As you know, I am taking foster care classes with my wife. In addition, I will be running in my first FULL marathon this December. On top of all that I am in the middle of writing my masters paper. Earning a masters degree has bogged down a lot of my “change the world” hopes and dreams. I’m stuck reading and reading and reading without doing much of anything to actually make a difference. Foster care will, of course, make a big difference to people when my wife and I get to that point. Continue reading Marathon Training Issue #6: Running For Charity?

Marathon Training Issue #5: Expert Runner Advice Wanted

Seattle Marathon

Apparently I have very little idea what I am doing in this marathon. I will be running in my first marathon this December. I thought I knew what I was doing until I saw the list of options to buy for the Seattle Marathon.

Those options are:

Bus Course Tour: ($20)

Post marathon Massage: ($18)

Carbo Load Dinner: ($23)

Lots of shirts, sweaters, etc: (various prices)

Acupuncture: (free)

Obviously this is not a crisis.

But which of the above options do I actually need considering this is my first marathon? I’m not going to be setting a land speed record in this event. My goal is to finish the race without stopping to walk. To do that, my main concern is wearing the right shoes (which I believe I have thanks to my wife).

The bus tour might be important but I’m not trying to win the race… just finish without walking. To me the only thing that looks worth while is the post race massage! What are your thoughts? Do dedicated marathon runners use the bus tour or carbo load dinner?

I am sure they are all nice things but I am on a budget.

In addition, I was slightly intimidated by the times the award ceremonies start. The men’s award ceremony starts 3 hours and 15 minutes after the marathon starts. I expect to still be running at that time. Seriously? I know the people who have a chance to win will beat me by at least an hour, but knowing they will be getting their awards while I am still running feels weird.

I hope the awards ceremony isn’t near the finish line. I don’t want to be in the background of someone’s award photo. I’m sure there will be an 80-year-old woman who passes me at the finish line… and then I will be in the background of someone’s award photo… getting passed by an elderly woman.

Marathon Training Day 87: Marathon Machine

Marathon Training continues to go well. It is day 87. Yes, I am actually staying with the training!! I have never been able to run in a marathon before, and it is on my bucket list.

I have not updated my blog much in November/December because of the hectic nature of graduate school. However, finals are over. Grades are all turned in. And I have a nice break before classes start again!

My goals have not changed for the Seattle Marathon in 2013. I want to run the whole thing without stopping to walk. In addition, I have not injured myself in the training process.I am trying to pace myself to build up to the half marathon I am running in the Spring… and to do this building up process without hurting myself.

I have been doing a combination of biking and running to increase my cardio. I have also been doing some weightlifting but not a lot. Currently I exercise three times a week for 90 minutes. I am a marathon training machine!!

I am surprised by how much weight I have gained. It appears to mostly be muscle. I have gone from 162 pounds to 175 pounds. My shorts are tight and need to be replaced, and some of my pants no longer fit. I am surprised by the weight gain, but not disappointed. Is this normal to gain so much weight?? Maybe when I start running longer distances I will lose some of it. My only concern with it is the pressure that added weight will put on my knees while running long distances. What are your thoughts?