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Week 19: Suspending My Training, Shin Splints and Plantar Fasciitis

So, the time has come. The time when I need to make a decision whether or not I am going to continue with my participation in the Santa Rosa Marathon. Basically, things have not gotten any better, if not worsened, and I believe that it is time to assess the current situation and decide what I am going to do for the better. Read More…

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Week 18: Hill Running, Recovery and Tapering

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Since last Sunday’s Ventura Marathon training run, I feel more relaxed and less anxious about the upcoming races, which is a great thing. However, the training run was so taxing on my body, this whole week was sort of spent on recovery, which is still continuing, in fact. It took almost 2 days for my legs to function normally. Now that the Santa Rosa Marathon is only 2 weeks away, it is time to concentrate on tapering. Read More…

Week 14: Lack of Training, Sunday’s 18 Miler and Motivating YouTube Video

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When work comes before anything, against your wish, what do you do? Oh well, you just pummel through it till you go home. You may not be happy about not being able to do anything else, including training, but you just get through it. That’s exactly what happened for 3 days out of my work week. Read More…

Week 13: Boston Marathon Registration and 4th of July Celebration

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What a week. A couple of major things to celebrate. The Boston Athletic Association announced last Wednesday (July 1st) that the Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon opens September 14 (Monday) as I expected, which means the Ventura Marathon (9/13) is in. Now, it is official that I have two shots at getting qualified for the prestigious race – the Santa Rosa and the Ventura. And I was invited to celebrate the Independence Day with some of my hiking friends yesterday. Read More…

Week 9 – Endurance Building, 600-Mile Milestone and 18 Mile Weekend Run

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Another week for building endurance came and went. As far as how it went down, I must say it was very productive. I exceeded my weekly mileage by 4.5 miles, even after the 18 mile weekend long run. I pushed myself running 7.25 miles 3 days in a row to build endurance. I also remembered to look back at the half marathon time that I had at the Duke City Marathon in ABQ, NM back in 2009, and it was quite interesting to see how far I’ve come in the past less than 6 years. And I am 100 miles closer to this year’s 1,100 mile goal than 18 days ago. Read More…

3rd Week of 20-Week Training and EIR (Exercise-Induced Rhinitis)

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The 3rd week came and went so quickly that it felt like as if it never came. But it certainly did, because I was able to rack up 40 miles, largely thanks to the last Monday’s 11 miler. And I was able to finish the week by running the scheduled 12 miles, regardless of how tired my legs were at about the 10.3 mile mark. So, it came, and I did my runs, and now that it’s gone, I am looking forward to this week’s training. Read More…

Month in Review – March

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So, here we are again. That time of the month. Last day of March 2015. I ran the last run of the month earlier, and the tally is in. 98.67 miles. Well, it is 1.33 miles shy of 100 miles in total, when I was actually scheduled to run 128 miles. What’s not included in here though is 20 plus miles of hiking distance that I racked up last Saturday. Of course, it wasn’t even trail running, so it was just that, but at least, it involved about 6,000 feet of elevation gain and I’d like to think that it benefited my lungs more than not. Read More…