Tagged Marathon

What is Your Winnable Gap?

A “Winnable Gap” is a realistic and tangible first step of progress in the context of a larger goal.It is something you can accomplish without requiring any significant shift in your own state of affairs beyond your capacity to focus and dedicate some time to moving towards it. You might have a goal of being …

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Portland Marathon 2011 Race Report

For almost every race I have ever done, I had a good time during the race even if my time totally stunk. I can’t say that about the Portland Marathon yesterday. I finished it, but it was very painful and just not fun at all. The one redeeming quality was that I saw how much …

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Endurance

Life is a marathon and not a sprint. Even more correctly stated, life is an ultra-marathon and not a sprint. Ultra-marathons are often held on rugged terrain in all kinds of weather and conditions. It’s rare when you run an ultra non-stop from start to finish. Pacing is critical. You learn to take advantage of …

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Boston Marathon 2011

Perhaps one day I’ll have the speed and luck to qualify and compete in the Boston Marathon. Today there were epic performances. A new world-best time and American-best time. It’s only a matter of time before we see a sub 2-hour marathon. The pace is crazy fast. The men are running sub 4:45 miles continuously …

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How to Run 50 Miles: Part III – Muscular Strength

Read Part I and Part II first. The second principle I mentioned in my first post is that aerobic fitness is rarely the limiter of speed. Again, I’m not a scientist but just stating what I learn through my own experience. If you happen to know of scientific evidence for anything I’m talking about (refuting …

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2011 Race Calendar

This year I am getting back in racing. It’s been a number of years (since 2003 in fact!) since I’ve trained with any kind of regularity and raced while caring about place/time. It’s motivating to have clear goals again, and I’m looking forward to learning from many years of mistakes (I guess we call that …

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The Mind is Primary

Running my last few racesĀ  I learned that the mind is primary not the physical. When I bonked after 16 miles at The North Face 50K last weekend there was a physical component but I know that the governor of the whole experience was my own head. There were plenty of times when I could …

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Getting better with age

I finished the Portland Marathon last weekend. It was my first marathon in 10 years (not counting the Ironman‘s shortly after). Glad I did it but boy was it tough! Leading up to the race I had a lot of people ask me how I thought it would go. I really didn’t have a clue. …

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