Beautiful weather!

Well, I ended up going for a run tonight.  The weather was almost as amazing as the scenery! I have to say, though, that it’s amazing how quickly my muscles tightened up after not running consistently over the past month.  It pretty much sucks, but once I get back into the swing of things, I’ll be good to go!

Oh, I also took a photo around mile 2…

Have a look at my RunKeeper page for the tracking details! (link)

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Lazy

I have been so lazy lately.  I haven’t done any running or any other from of exercise.  I’m hoping to change that tonight and get a run in.

decisions and actions

I’ve finally decided on a training program the marathon.  It’s detailed in a book called “The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer” recommended by my friend Carlos.  Carlos has run several marathons, so I trust his recommendations.  What’s great about this program is that it’s not just a physical training program.  It helps you overcome the mental obstacles that a lot of people have when attempting to run long distances.  Since I’ve already run a half marathon recently, I’m not concerned about staying true to the beginning of the program.  I am going to start off with shorter distances, 3-4 miles for the first couple of weeks, just to get back into the swing of things, then go full force into the program.

I’m feeling pretty good about things so far and I’m confident I can actually complete the marathon.  My main area of concern is the pain I’ve had in my knees.  I’m hoping that the cross training I’m doing in conjunction with the running will help.  We’ll see.

Tonight, I did a short run of approximately 3.16 miles.  Here’s a link to the run on RunKeeper – http://rnkpr.com/a53bot

It has started

I knew all along, even before I signed up for the marathon, that this journey was going to be a long road of workouts and training; last Thursday, the training began. My plan at this point is to take some cardio type classes at the gym and couple those with a marathon training program (which program has yet to be determined).

Thursday was “Cardio Kickboxing” at the gym and while I’ve done some similar workouts before at home with a DVD, this was far more brutal. Brutal as it was, the workout was great and I can tell that it was a good choice. There’s a lot of things we do in the class that will help my core and hips become stronger which leads to better, more efficient running.

I’m looking forward to the months of training ahead, and all the pain that ensues.