Saturday, September 26, 2009


This is it, after logging over 700 miles since April there are no excuses.

I am ready.

My instestines are probably died blue from Powerade.

I have consumed an entire box of orange GU.

I am on my 3rd pair of shoes this year.

I can describe to you where just about every mile marker on the bike path is located

I ran on ice, in the dark, through the rain, and the heat.

I put my time in, I am ready. One week from today, on October 4th, I will run 26.2 miles....nonstop.

It doesn't really matter at this point when I finish, just that, I know I can and will finish.

There is a ton of excitement and anticipation building toward this run. It will be a life changing doubt.

Because of this training I have lost over 30 lbs. this year, I feel great.

The marathon will be great, I will do more of them, I already know this.

The support from family, the friendships I have made, and the people I have met that have kept me motivated are priceless.

Thank you, it has been a fantastic journey.

Stay tuned for race report and pictures.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

23 Miles

Today was my last 20+ mile long run. I ran 23 miles without having to stop and walk like I had on my previous 20+ milers.
I was a little intimidated thinking about it and preparing for it leading up to this day. I had practiced carb. loading for this run which involves eating a high carbohydrate diet the three days prior to the run. I believe that fueling properly before the run, making sure that I had plenty of sleep, and probably most importantly having friends to run with really helped me finish strong. Here are the splits / stats for the run. My goal pace for this marathon is going to be 8:45 - 9:00 minutes per mile. This will allow me to finish in under 4 hours.

Just 4 weeks left until the Twin Cities marathon. I am really looking forward to the family support that will be there. I have realized, especially today, that having friends and family to run with and support your running is a huge mental boost. It would have been mentally and physically a much greater challenge to finish today without that support.

Thank you to my wife and family for supporting my running habits; and thank you to my running friends, especially Jeff (@jpickett1968) and Jenn (@purpleshoe), for the training support.
After today I feel that I am really ready to rock this marathon with confidence! But first - Corrin and I will be rocking Vegas!