Each spring I partake in a ritual attempt to get over the winter slump.
Fully clothed, I assure you, I pick a date on the calendar, usually in or around March, and I try to run every day, logging a minimum number of klicks every day for a certain span of time in a methodical, systematic effort to rebuild the endurance of a winter spent in maintenance mode.
As we approached the final stretch of our “long” Sunday morning run, I joked with LH that I could probably stop and walk the last half a klick because I’d hit my weekly goal.
In the end, for week two of consistent daily running, I clocked 42.9 klicks cumulatively... so... marathon?
According to Google Maps, the start line to the 2020 Chicago Marathon is 2,635 klicks from the front door of my house. I found out I was running that marathon on December 12, 2019. Let's see how close we can get.
March 28, 2020
Blackfoot Ultra 2020 Cancelled
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6 Mental States You Will Encounter While Training
1 : Clarity
Everything is perfect. Your goals are all out on paper. Your training plan leaves you months of lead time. You have you eyes on the prize, as it goes. You are clear and focused.
October 26, 02015
At some point, much earlier this year, before randomness, injury, and life interfered (as it always tends to do somehow) I made a Faustian-esque bargain with the running gods that I would attempt to complete twelve half marathons, one per month, over the duration of 2015… in exchange for Ultimate Running Knowledge.
Or, maybe I just thought it would be an interesting idea… I’m not exactly sure how that all came about.
It’s funny how you can be very happy with a result and simultaneously kicking yourself over the same thing.
Despite (and against) a number of factors, I scored a personal record in this morning’s half marathon. A PR for my best half marathon ever. KA-POW!
Two Weeks Later, A Summary
For those just arriving at this post from a search engine — in other words, those who have not actually been following along for the last year as I trained for the 2014 Dopey Challenge in Disney World in Florida — I ran it. I ran it all. I completed it. I crossed each and every start — and finish — line, and took the photos, earned the medals, revelled in the personal glory and all wallowed in every bit that goes with it all. And… I walked away to talk about it.