Higher Power

I have stopped looking for ways to modify my training program
and have turned all decisions over to a Higher Power (my trainer)

In the past, I have looked for excuses to deviate from schedule
-to avoid injury
-to solve conflicts
-just an excuse
-a reason to delay
-a pivot

It is so much easier, if you don’t think, if you accept
Keep it Simple

I ran 10 Miles today:
-it was cold
-it was windy
-it was after was was forecast to be a possible heavy snow storm
It was no problem

Just Run
-don’t question
-don’t consider an excuse
-don’t modify
-make it a priority




Why do you run?
I can eat well and sleep well
So that I fit into my pants

How far do you run?
I run 15 miles per week initially
Maybe builds to 30 miles and an injury

Training Day (December 2018)

marathonFirst day of training program for Vienna City Marathon in April

Game Plan

Stick to training schedule,
especially back-to-back runs
especially long runs

Know your Training Schedule
(don’t be surprised, know your future runs)

Some good group classes in pilates, yoga and spin

Lose some weight

Limit inactivity

Do not miss a run during the last month of training

Post Morteum (NYC Marathon)

DNF NYC Marathon, out after crossing the East River at Mile 16

The legs and thighs tight and painful, perhaps because of
-A Yoga class last week which turned into a Boot Camp, with 45 second intense drills exercising unused areas of the legs
-Incomplete Training program and
-a deep taper of almost 2 weeks of inactivity (DUH?)

A Friend shared this link with me by Jamie Feldman

How I Went From Never Running More Than A Mile To Finishing The NYC Marathon In 1 Year

“I spent the first 28 years of my life avoiding sports like the plague. I spent the last year and change not quite easing into long-distance running as much as going from 0 to 26.2 real quick.”

Lots of good advice including:
-Don’t miss a run after September 1st
-Every single Taylor Swift song has a perfect running tempo

Visualize the NYC Marathon

After crossing the Edward Koch Bridge, Turning North onto First Avenue
(Mile 16)
Reaching the Northern Most Point of the Course in the Bronx
(Mile 20)
Crossing the Finish Line in Central Park at the New York City Marathon
(26.2 Miles)

You have completed the training
and are reasonably fit and trim

Hoping that the weather cooperates
Running your own race(despite anyone else)
Wearing the Proper Gear

Not sabotaging your race
(minimize opportunities to QUIT)

Learn from past experiences
-From Chicago Triathlon 2018
-From last New York City Marathon
-From Amsterdam Marathon
-From Repeated attempts at the Chicago Marathon

Be inspired by Others
-the amazing percentage of those who finish
-Fred Lebow

Be confident in your training, preparation and goals

Putting a Finish in Place and Identifying Critical Moments
-Addressing the Mass Start and waiting
-Addressing 1st Avenue in Manhattan (the most critical opportunity to quit)
-Addressing the stagnant Finish Area

Taking the next step toward finishing Marathons

Using this as a stepping-stone to the Next Marathon and Future Goals
Vienna 2019
-Steadily changing and improving

Get a Coach

For many years, I coached myself
-Downloaded a Marathon Program
-Tracked Progress on a Spreadsheet
but didn’t have much progress as the Marathon Approached

This year, attempted to register for the NYC Marathon Training program

I am suspicious of the Marathon-Industrial-Marketing Complex
Sign up for the Marathon – then buy:
-The Pasta Dinner
-The Training Program
-Offcial NYC Marathon Memorabilia
-THE EXPO which usually leads you past hundreds of vendor stalls, to “pick-up”

So when the link to NYC marathon training gave me an error message, I gladly chose an alternative, and have been very happy

Coach Jack Daniels
Dr. Jack Daniels

The give me:
a calendar,
a training program schedule
which I update with my work-out times
I could purchase a coach (but one step at a time)

I have had some amazing training sessions and improvement of fitness based on this $80 training program

Am signed up for a Spring Marathon Program


A meal of pasta is probably a good thing before a marathon

Few times I consider the official race pasta meal
(which is a bad idea)
We will spend plenty of time with that extremely competitive crowd
-at the Expo
-at the Start
-During the Race
-at the Finish

So why sign up for that expensive race pasta dinner . . .
Not for the value
Not to spend more time with other runners
No desire to stand in another line with hundreds of runners

When there are so many better options
But, Not the well rated (expensive) Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side

But rather, the Cafeteria at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Busy but efficient
Not cheap, but clean and generous, and it is a fun crowd with the opportunity to share tables
(this is a no-brainer, especially if you are visiting the museum)


The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project

This year I decided to get some coaching
(Tried to sign-up for the NYC RR training program, but they were having web site problems)

So I look for an alternate program and found The Run S.M.A.R.T. Project
(which turned out to be almost a miraculous discovery)

Sooo excited and happy with the program so far
only thought that I had one speed (just finish your run)
I’ve always thought that I have a lot of room for improvement, but finally tapped it

Never did intervals or speed training, or Strides and Bunched runs . . .
My first stride workout was “a revelation” – a series of 20 second sprints, as fast as you can, but staying relaxed, keeping your breathing steady
(an amazing personal discovery, where I feared coming-up lame, developing an abrupt stabbing and debilitation)
but, really enjoy the track work
(actually, I tend to run my speed work dramatically faster)
Still have problems worrying about getting injured
Soo plenty of days off

Focused on the Quality Runs
There are two of these each week

I fudged,
walking between Internals sometimes instead of jogging
a 150 minute run snuck-up-on-me and psyched-me-out
missed some major runs,
listened to my body and took some days off
(i figure that missing some runs and moving the runs around is better than an injury which might require a total reboot)
psyched-out by bunched runs, especially when I woke up stiff and used this as an excuse not to run

Looking forward to training for the next marathon, maybe a 24 week program
A spring marathon in Vienna and winter running in Chicago

Very optimistic about the future
If I could lose a few pounds the progress could be drastic
(but I am often wrong)

It is best to remember that for me, the best part of a marathon (or triathlon) is the training, the progress and the journey.