First Week Blues on a Memorial Day Weekend

So right now I am following a training regimen based on the research and experiences by world renowned (at least to me in the past 5 months) running coach Jack Daniels (I swear, that’s his name).  It’s a pretty straightforward formula: when you’re not killing yourself twice a week as Daniels scheduled it, you are either running easy for the other 4 days or resting the only one.  Nothing to it, and it’s a nice way to build up my miles and look cool doing it.

I have also discovered a brand new, delicious (relatively…it doesn’t taste like, say camel turd) brand of that extra nutrition that we all need.  It’s called Amazing Grass (again, I swear, that’s what it’s called), and it is 100% organic.  To me it tastes like an unsweetened variation on Starbucks’ Green Tea Frappes/Lattes, with the consistency of wheat germ.  It’s not that bad, and tastes a helluva lot better than, say, Muscle Milk.  I think the website provides a pretty stringent nutritional facts.  That accompanied with a nice multivitamin should give your body that nice diverse array of minerals, protein, and fibers that your body needs.  What makes Amazing Grass so awesome is that one serving of that shit savory goodness boasts a day’s worth of fruits and vegetables.  How about dem apples?

A disappointing fact: I ran nil miles (ZERO) for this weekend.  My defense?  Friday I had to (HAD TO) go to the mall to shop.  Saturday was my mom’s birthday, and Sunday I went exploring Manhattan.  

Manhattan was actually awesome: a friend of mine and I did something called Geocaching, a sweet activity where people register things called “caches” all around specified locations.  The goal?  discover the caches using the descriptions and hints as clues.  Oh and if you have a cell, your GPS.  It’s really cool, and we went exploring spots that we’d never expected to find before.  It was also an opportunity to grab some nice Instagram shots.  Lots of fun, we did about 7.5 miles of walking.  

Couple all that and some immediate drama on whether or not I was actually doing the New York Marathon this year and you have yourself a conundrum.  But have no fear, readers no one in particular, I will be doing it, and kicking ass.

This afternoon I ran about 5.56 miles at 60 minutes in my Riders.  Easy runs, nothing to them really.

And with that I bid you adieu.  Fried Race, served.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ING New York City Marathon

Off the bat I must confess that though I run a lot, and though I am one of those guys that wear extremely short runner splits and singlets, I am far from a runner.  If anything, I run because I’m not much good at other sports.  Not that I’m much good at running either — my fastest 5k on record is 25:45, 5 miler at 40:54, and marathon at 04:28:46.

So when I went on my online bank account to find out that New York Road Runners stole my money accepted my lottery registration for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, I knew that this was more than just a usual sign up.

For one, my family will actually be able to see this.  Not that they didn’t want to in my past events, I’m sure.  But as the New York Marathon is one of the highest profiled running events in the WORLD, I can’t exactly just quit halfway through walk half the route.  Now that I know that I can actually DO a marathon, the purpose for this year’s marathon training is to actually DO WELL on a marathon.  And what better place to start than New York.

So follow my adventures, reader, subscribe if you want.  Read my sufferings and indignities as I train.  I won’t be able to write every day (maybe), but I will post my musings, my observations, and photos along the way.  Thanks for joining.

And while we’re at it, I am also doing the Disneyland Half Marathon this Veteran’s day to earn my 2012 Coast-to-Coast Medal with Disney, and that link is for those who want to register through charity.   I’m fundraising for my race entry with Team Jake of the A-T Cure Team.  Anyone who wants to help me raise money please donate to that cause.  They’re an amazing group of people and I would be so happy for your help.