Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Running Thanksgiving

Since it’s nearly Thanksgiving and the trend seems to be to blog about what we are thankful for, I’ll skip right to it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The ‘M’ Factor

It can be a magical word, taboo and unspoken, or loud and in your face.  Perhaps catalyzed by coffee, sweets, a can of FRS or Red Bull, certainly it takes the right amount of energy, but there’s more to it than that.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

From Confidence in 2010 to a Desire in 2011

One thing I’ve learned this year about running – you can pretty much achieve anything if you really want it.  Of course, I say this wild statement realizing I’ve by no means broken the sound barrier, or any kind of record.  I haven’t won any races.  I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary really.  The only records I did manage to break were my own personal records.  So even though I didn’t set out at the beginning of this year to become an elite/pro runner, I did set out to conquer some fears, run a lot of miles to a personal best, and qualify for Boston.  With a few speed bumps along the way, I achieved what I set out to do.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

All week before the race I had felt pretty good, but I had been wondering what kind of time I'd be capable of running at the Indy Monumental Marathon.  I had already run two marathons in the two preceding months, and both times I had not done what I hoped or planned on running.  Beaver Island was a good first attempt, but I felt off from the beginning of the Chicago Marathon.  Still, I had done relatively well at each one, so I never felt like I was in a position to complain; at the same time, I knew that I could have done better.  Aside from this twinge of self-doubt, I had been feeling some tightness in the back of my left knee and had a cold.  I wasn’t sure if the knee thing would bother me during the run, but stretching and resting didn’t seem to help.  There was little I could do about it, so I would try to put it out of my mind.  The cold also wasn’t a great thing to catch the week before a race, but I couldn’t change that either.  So I felt pretty good with a couple minor exceptions.