Category: Running

Jun 17

Back To Day One

The paper hangs inside the cabinet door where I keep my headphones and stopwatch.  It’s a perfect black and white, which stands in stark contrast to the one that it replaced.  The sheet I took down, which spelled out my base training routine, was covered with so much colorful ink that it looked like a …

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Jun 11

Spirit of the Marathon

Most people who plan on running a marathon have a pretty strong reason for doing it.  Some do it to test themselves physically.  For others, the test is far more mental or even emotional.  Some do it to honor those can’t.  While still others do it…well… just because.  It’s really one of the most beautiful …

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Jun 05

National Running Day

Before Facebook, I really had no idea how many “National Days” there were.  I knew the big ones.  Not the fringe holidays like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, but the more specialized ones like “National Bosses Day”, “National Talk Like Pirate Day” (my personal favorite) or “Star Wars Day”.  Pretty much every day out of …

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May 24

Flashback Friday — “36:04”

I was doing one of the long runs in my base training this week and my mind was doing its usual short-attention span theater that I use to keep myself from simply repeating “right foot-left foot-right foot-left foot” for the entire length of my run.  Around the time I was hitting my fifth mile, my …

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May 20

Toehold

As I enter Week 5 of my base training for my first Marathon this fall, I’ve hit a little stumbling point on my path.  Not sure when it happened, how it happened, or, to be quite honest, what exactly happened, but I’ve injured my big toe.  Well, not the toe exactly, the joint that has …

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Apr 23

Get On Base

25 weeks from now, I will be standing at the end of the Detroit Free Press Marathon after completing my 26.2 mile journey knowing that I got there very intentionally.  You don’t run a marathon by accident.  You don’t just stumble out the door, trip into a jog, and end up at the finish line …

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Mar 29

A Pledge For A Pledge

When I told you a couple of weeks ago that I had committed to running my first marathon in October, I gave you fair warning that I was bringing you along on the journey.  I told you there would be talk of the training.  I cautioned you that the tough times would be mentioned.  I …

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Mar 13

It’s Not A Sprint…

On June 17, 2007, I did something that a few years prior I could have never imagined would happened.  Through no hostage taking, threats of bodily harm or blackmail of any kind, I willing entered a finished my very first 5K.  Though already into the early days of my “remodel”, I was a Bieber-and-a-half over …

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Nov 30

A Colorful Invitation

The Color Run

When I first started my “remodel”, I knew I wanted something new in my exercise routine.  Even at over 400 pounds, I was surprisingly active.   I played softball.  I played rec basketball.  I stayed all in all pretty active with my kids.  But I knew I needed something else to challenge me. I was …

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