Category Archives: marathon

I Can Run Hills! A Recap of the The San Francisco (First) Half Marathon

Going in reverse order we ran the 2nd half of this race a year ago. We chose the 2nd half because my son wanted to finish near the baseball stadium…and, being a net downhill it was an easier course. The plan was to run the 1st half this year, and possibly the full marathon in 2018. […]
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Thankful Living

“There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” -Romans 8:1-2 The promise is of forgiveness, of acceptance, of unmerited and unconditional grace. It is this promise that frees […]
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Stress…and Stress. Gratitude 7/10

I just started reading Peak Performance, by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg. Two chapters in, I’m thinking about stress and its role in performance. According to the authors, “A little doubt and uncertainty is actually a good thing: It signals that a growth opportunity has emerged.” As a distance runner, I’ve benefited from the intentional stress I’ve […]
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We Made a Pact!

In 2014 I ran my first marathon with a time that barely beat the course limit of 6 hours (5:51:02). In April 2015, I vacationed in Boston. It was the week before the marathon and race stuff was everywhere. I began to dream of someday running this race. The following September I improved my marathon […]
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OOPS – Racing Weight, Week 1

How was my first week of my renewed efforts to get at my best racing weight? (for context you can read racing weight) The first realization was that I had allowed some not-so-healthy processed food to creep into my diet. This is mostly in the form of bread, Belvita Breakfast Cookies and chocolate. As I […]
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Ouch! Gratitude 6/8

Over the course of my running life I, like many others have bruised and then lost toenails. This wasn’t surprising as I used to play tennis and my toes didn’t always fare well with all the pounding on the court. But after Mountains2Beach the toes on my right foot were more sore than I’ve previously experienced… more […]
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Mountains 2 Beach – Race Recap

Way back in October 2015 I set M2B on May 28, 2017 as a goal race. Back then I figured that 18 months was enough time to improve enough to run a Boston Qualifier (I had just run my second marathon with a time of 5:04:36). The closer the date came, the more my goal […]
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That’s a goal!

An indication of integrity is to respond truthfully. A sign of decency is to respond with gentleness. These types of responses may not be easy, especially when the person standing before you has just expressed a crazy, seemingly unrealistic goal. I’ll remember forever my first conversation with Josh Spiker about coaching. I had recently completed […]
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Race Day – Gratitude 5/28

Today’s the day! In the fall of 2015 I set this as a goal race, so I indeed have a time goal. I also plan to have fun, enjoy the scenery, and dig deep when the going gets tough. Today I am personally thankful for: a supportive family; good training; and living in beautiful Ventura […]
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Ready! – Gratitude 5/27

On this Saturday morning I’m thinking about tomorrow morning when I’ll be running my 6th marathon. My first was the Ventura Marathon, September 2014, and I had 2 goals: to finish and not be last. I did finish in 5:51:02. It was hot that day! I was not last, but was definitely bringing up the […]
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