My First Marathon

My First Marathon

The weather was perfect.  November 13, 2016 dawned clear, and cool, with crisp blue skies and brilliant sunshine.  I parked the car, walked to the packet pickup area and gathered my things.  I pinned number 836 to my thigh and wondered what to do next. No lines had yet formed at the pot-a-potties, so I took advantage and completed another item from my pre-race checklist.  I took my bag to the car and silently sat for a bit.  This was going to be a long day, no sense in spending…

Explore a new city on foot

Explore a new city on foot

From December 26th through the 31st, my family of 4 was happily exploring the city of Charleston, South Carolina.  We elected to skip the car rental in exchange for a downtown hotel, and the hope that the city would prove to be walk-able (run-able). Each afternoon while the children napped, I was able to run around the city, part training, part exploring.  I’m certain this is how all cities are meant to be explored. I’m not a big technology user, so I never run with my phone.  Not that it…

Garmin, Strava; How do you measure your workouts?

Garmin, Strava; How do you measure your workouts?

If there is any common denominator among all runners, its the frustration in knowing just How Far did you really go?  On one arm is the phone dutifully recording everything via Strava, while on your wrist in the latest in tech that Garmin has to offer.  One would think the two devises would agree, as they are both completing the exact same run, while attached to the exact same body.  Alas, agreement is not in the cards.  It is important to note here that both devises should be attached to…

How Often, how Hard, how Long – do you exercise?

How Often, how Hard, how Long – do you exercise?

How often do you exercise?  Personally, I strive to get some physical activity 5-7 days each week.  Exercise is my coffee, I need it to function properly.  Without my daily dose I become irritable, unfocused, and a great night’s sleep isn’t guaranteed.  As I mentioned in my recent No Excuses article, beginning November 1st, I restarted my daily workout routine.  In conjunction with my running and cycling, I decided to add some body-weight strength and plyometric exercises. Upper body and core strength helps with posture and maintaining proper form during…

Goals for 2018

Goals for 2018

What would the new year be without a set of goals.  I’m not talking about parenting goals, family goals, or work goals, rather I’m sticking to what’s important, running goals. In truth I’m not much of a goal setter, but the F and M track club, which I run with, asks for goals each year, so I bow to the peer pressure. My two goals this year are clear and concise, either they will be met, or I will fail.  They are not process goals, in which I’d hope to…

Its Cold – You still must run!

Its Cold – You still must run!

From December 26 to the 31st, I was running in relative comfort in Charleston, South Carolina.  I say relative as the locals were bundled up, while I wore comparatively little.  Temperatures ranged from the low 40s to the mid 50s.  It was glorious shorts weather, and yet I was jealous of my hometown running buddies who were prancing about in the teens or single digits, with a bit of wind thrown in for good measure. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I couldn’t wait to get home, get out there,…

My first Long Run

My first Long Run

I came to endurance sports with a background in ball sports and weight lifting.  Thus, I initially attacked my running with a distorted view of training.  I’d run 3-4 times per week, and attempt to run the course as fast as possible.  This was misery, yet since I had no background, and was running so little, it actually worked.  My times for each route continued to drop by a few seconds each week. At this time, I knew nothing of track workouts, long runs, or the various ways to pace…

Exercise is not a choice.

Exercise is not a choice.

It’s mid December, night lasts all day, the weather is cold and snowy then windy, warm, and cold again.  I’ve eaten 4 cookies today, two brownies yesterday, two cupcakes the day before, and another cupcake and multiple cookies the day before that.  I have a problem. Short days, bad weather, and a poor diet is not the recipe for solid training and improved fitness.  Yet, I’m improving. In two short weeks, nearly everyone will aspire to improve their fitness, lose weight, and look good in the mirror.  Now, after consuming…

The Difference between Moms and Dads at 2am.

The Difference between Moms and Dads at 2am.

If you have been following my writings, you may have noticed that I’ve not generated much content lately.  Sleep recently has become a highly valuable commodity around my house.  Any parent will surely relate to what I’m about to share, and those who are kid free will continue their blissful nights rest without a moments second thought. As you know, I’m the father of two little boys.  The older one has been, and continues to regularly sleep though the night, its wonderful but it wasn’t always so.  Our 2nd child…

Why do we depend on the govt?

Why do we depend on the govt?

Yesterday, splashed on the front page of the newspaper, was an exciting article.  Pennsylvania, home of the former Pennsylvania Railroad is full of abandoned railroad tracks.  Happily, these tracks are being converted into multi-use trails, not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the United States.  I use these pedestrian trails on a regular basis. I run on the Lancaster Junction Trail, which is located less then a ½ mile from my front door.  However, in the 1980’s a highway was cut through farmland and now provides an impenetrable barrier between myself…