Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I've been running, just not blogging...

So....It's been a while but I'm back at the keyboard tapping away to protect my sanity, organize my thoughts, provide some motivation and, hopefully, entertain those of you that are kind enough to check with my blog.  When I started all this my main goal was to run a marathon, which I did about 18 months ago.  I also had the goal of breaking 4 hours, which I didn't do, so I signed up for another marathon about a year ago.  I did better, but still didn't break 4 hours.  So I decided to pick a race a year out and train like mad for it for 12 months, and give it another shot.  I started last October ( I'm writing this in May ) and started slowly building miles.  I wasn't too worried about speed, but wanted to build a solid base upon which to start a training cycle 16 to 18 weeks before my next run at the 4 hour goal.  That plan was going well, until some unforseen events sidetracked me for a few months. I had just gotten up to 40 miles per week when I had to spend some time addressing some other issues, and running went on the back burner for about 8 weeks.  I'm currently at 30 miles per week again, and was able to get 35 miles in a few of those weeks ( but also had many weeks that were less than 25 )  While the interuption may have been a slight set back in training, I was able to make great progress mentally and physically and will be both a better runner and person as a result of  that time.

 So, I haven't signed up yet, but the race is going to be The Baystate Marathon on October 20th, 2013.  The race is small and local for me so it's easy to get to, and eliminates all the travel stress involved in a destination race.  My first marathon was Miami, which was too far away and much, much too big for me, but hey...it was my first one and I didn't know what to look for in a race.   The other thing I like about my chosen race, is that it's an area that I used to spend a lot of time in a few lifetimes ago.  It's where I went to college the first time....but that's a story for another day.  My life has followed a pretty wandering path, but it's gotten me to where I am now, so it wasn't all for naught.

I hope you weren't expecting a neatly organized blog post after being out of the game for so long.....My mind is jumping all over the place, so I'm taking you with me...

I recently read an amazing book on running, ( and life ) that got me itching to get back to this blog.  It's called  Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past One Marathon at a Time.  by Caleb Daniloff.  It's about a guy who's trying to fight an addiction by running races in the areas he used to go as an addict.  Here's a link to an interview and some discussion about the book if you're interested:
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/23/163182789/interview-running-ransom-roadg
It's a quick read but definitely worth it.  You can only spend so much time running in a day, you might as well spend some of the rest of it reading about it !!  The other running related book I'd recommend without reservation is Born To Run, which is well written, fascinating, educational, and enlightening, and happens to deal with running.  If you haven't read it you should.

If you've got any favorite books on running, post them below, and I'll check them out.

Thanks again for reading, and whatever you do.....

....just don't stop running.

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