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Training Recap: Week 1 (6/11-6/17)

Well, I got back on the horse. Thanks to my friend Lauren, who sent me texts until I proved I was at my run, I completed 3 of the 4 runs. It wasn’t a perfect first week, but I will take it.

Here’s the breakdown:

Plan called for: 15 miles (Tue/Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun)

What I did: 11 miles (Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat)

All runs were designated easy pace and they were anything but.

Average pace was over 15 minutes/mile but I hope to improve as I get back into it.

We shall see how week 2 goes….

Hello Old Friend

It’s been awhile…..

Six months to be exact.

That was the last time I put on my running shoes and completed a race. It’s been even longer since I did a training run (September 2017). I can’t pinpoint just one reason for this lapse. I just came up with millions of excuses; I’m too tired, I couldn’t fall asleep last night, I have a long day ahead of me at work and need sleep, I am traveling this weekend, This is my only day to sleep in, I think my ankle is still swollen, I don’t want to run there, I need to do laundry. These excuses go on and on.

But at some point, I just need to stop making excuses.

So here we are again, starting over, trying to find the motivation.

Fall Marathon training has begun.

Wish me luck!

Chicago Marathon Training & Bet

After a terrible 2016 racing year, I have come to realize that I can only slack off on training plans so much and still improve my marathon times. I have some big goals for the 2017-2018 Marathon Season (Aug-July) and if I want to obtain those goals, I need to get serious.

I am planning to run the Chicago Marathon, the New York City Marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon this coming year. Right now I only have one goal in mind, run a sub-5 hour marathon at the Chicago Marathon. Why? Well, over Memorial Day Weekend my parents visited and out of this visit came a true bet. Not a traditional Kolsrud Challenge, a real bet. So real, that I wrote up a contract for my Dad and I to email sign. The terms, if I run a sub-5 hour marathon in Chicago I get $1000.00 and if I don’t, I pay my dad $500.00.  It isn’t all about the money, I also want a PR (personal record) real bad and where better than Chicago, the setting of my last PR in 2015 (5:27).


I need to drop 27 minutes off my currently best marathon time and it has proven harder than imagined. I need to really tighten up on my bad eating habits, good bye McDonald’s, and focus on fueling the body with the right foods. The other factor, is the training plan. I usually find something online and follow it 50% of the time. This won’t work. Over the spring, I had researched a few plans and had an idea of what I wanted to do. I am doing a hybrid of two plans, the Hanson Marathon Method and the Maffetone M.A.F. Test. I will be aiming for my easy runs to all be at the M.A.F. test heart rate. This will allow me to prevent injury and see where my fitness is at so I can see if the sub-5 is achievable.


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I have enlisted my good friend Lauren and some co-workers to try and keep me accountable. To help even further, I will be posting what workouts I do each week and every so often what my race pace will be based on those workouts. I need the online accountability as my training should have started the week of June 6th and I have yet to run. But here we are and tomorrow is Day 1!

Wish me luck!




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