How Not to Train for a Marathon

The Big Sur International Marathon has come and gone, and I remain a 26.2 virgin. Nobody ever said “first time’s a charm,” so I’m taking the past six months as a learning experience. The Theory I can’t be too upset, because I didn’t follow a standard marathon training plan. Back in December, I recalled how cross-training maintained my ability to run 10K early in 2010. All I knew is that I wanted to include cross-training, but I had a really hectic schedule. Since the long run rules as arguably the most important aspect of a distance training program, I thought…
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Eye of the Tiger

I spent two hours last night tearing through every bit of pack-rat nonsense I’ve hung onto since grade school. I found everything from my middle school BFF’s only squeaky-clean discipline card to my award-winning 4th grade short story about a poet and a dragon. Why did I submit myself to dust, belly button lint and mouse droppings for two hours? To find my inner tiger! My senior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to get fit, learn some self defense and have a little fun. I joined what was then called Tiger Kung-Fu Academy (now Zai Martial…
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I ran a freaking half marathon.


Hey guys. I’m still in shock here. It’s been several days — long enough for my muscles to recover from their rigor mortis-like stiffness — but I still can’t believe that I ran (jogged? pseudo-walked? nearly crawled?) an entire 13.1 miles. Yes, a half marathon. Especially considering that my training took a serious nosedive way back in August, and my last run before the half was a 3.5 mile jog exactly one month in advance. I decided to think of it as a three-month taper period and see what happened. I was partially expecting to collapse halfway through and wake…
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Quantum Mechanics, Marshmallows, and Shutting The Hell Up

Schrodinger's lolcat

Something has been bugging me lately: Goals. Not the actual setting of goals, but the way we go about announcing and attempting to achieve them. Conventional wisdom suggests that you shout your goals to the mountaintops. Tell your friends, tell total strangers. Post it on your blog, post it on your mirror. Hatch the baby chick of your wildest dreams and desires and fling it from the nest into the wide, wild world. This — well, this doesn’t work too well for me. I’ve always thought it was some sort of personal flaw until I watched this TED Talk called…
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Weekend Goal Evaluations

Happy weekend, guys! I’ve neglected myself a bit this week due to poor planning and a busy work week, so I’m very excited that it’s the weekend. I started it off last night by setting up all sorts of science experiments in my kitchen. I started another sponge for overnight pizza dough, and I introduced my kefir culture to its new home (a glass jar in the pantry). I’ll give you a full breakdown of the kefir process when it’s ready for human consumption. This weekend’s list of Things to Do involves reorganizing my home office, yoga (check! done this…
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