Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Manhattan Half-Marathon

I ran the Manhattan Half-Marathon on Sunday. At 8:00 AM. In 14 degree weather. Before windchill.

Yes, it was astonishingly cold.

The kind of cold that instantly sucks the moisture from your skin. The bone-chilling freeze that turns your normally deft feet into blocks of gawky ice. The wintry blast that never allows you to warm - regardless of pace or distance.

I suppose I'd complain a little less about the cold had I run a little faster. I finished in 1:45:48 or about 8:04 per mile. All in all, not too bad. But when compared to my time for this race last year... Well, there really is no comparison.

Bottom line is that I have lost a substantial amount of endurance and fitness and there's only one way to get it back.

"Ain't nothing to it but to do it."
-Ronnie Coleman

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Another Marathon

I did it... I just went right ahead and did it... I'm now signed up for The Long Island Marathon!

And now I need to start training!

"I like things to happen; and if they don't happen, I like to make them happen."
-Winston Churchill

Friday, January 02, 2009


I have a host of proposed New Year’s resolutions. A few of them might actually stick. However, I’m finding it difficult committing to running – specifically training for a spring marathon.

I’d weighed the Las Vegas Marathon but I wasn’t really in shape and thought… Why take a chance?

I got all fired up about the Miami Marathon but when it got cold in New York so did my training.

Several friends are lining up for the Nashville Marathon but I am finding myself out of step.

What’s a guy to do?

“Resolve, and thou art free.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow