Marathon Training (Week 1 – Complete)

Guten Abend! ¬†That means “Good Evening” in German ūüôā

As week 1 of my Marathon training has come to a close, I wanted to share just how things went. ¬†Overall, it was a very good week of low mileage, as called for by Hal Higdon’s training plan for Novice Runner’s seeking to complete their 1st Marathon. ¬†Although I have already completed a Marathon, I want to get back to the basics and do things better this time around.

My total Running mileage last week only consisted of 12-miles total.

Tues – 3m @ 10:54 (32:44)

Thurs – 3m @ 11:00 (33:04)

Sat – 2m @ 11:17 (22:35)

Sun – 4m @ 11:30 (46:41)

I also included one day of Cycling to meet my cross-training needs.  I would have done a 2nd day of Cycling (Wed), but I got rained out by Mother Nature.

This weeks mileage will basically match the 1st weeks, the only difference being my cross-training. ¬†Got to get another day of Cycling into my regiment, which is scheduled to be on Wednesday. ¬†With regard to pace, I’m following the advice of Keith & Kevin Hanson, authors of the “Hansons Marathon Method” book. ¬†In it, they talk about focusing on slow muscle twitch development when training for a Marathon to teach to body to burn fat as fuel, which will ultimately take a novice runner like myself through a majority of the distance of the marathon without enduring the affects of “Hitting the Wall.”

To develop these slow twitch muscle fibers, runners focus on the phyilosophy of easy running. ¬†East running recruits a whole host of slow twitch fibers because they have a lower “firing”, or contraction, threshold than the more powerful fast twitch fibers. ¬†Like any other muscle, the more they are used, the more they develop accordingly. ¬†Along with improved resistance to fatigue, slow twitch muscles can be relied upon for more miles, keeping the fast twitch muscles from being fully engaged until farther down the road into the marathon distance. ¬†In the end, running more easy miles throughout my marathon training will help to develop my slow twitch fibers that are more fatigue-resistant and fast twitch fibers that take on many of the characteristics of the slow twitch fibers. ¬†There’s a lot more that the Hanson brothers talk about in their book, and I’m still drilling through a lot of it…more to come (lol)

With regard to my arthritis, everything went well this week. ¬†I had my normal amount of pain, but no flare-ups, so I was happy about that. ¬†I’m hoping that as my mileage increases it won’t aggrevate my arthritis or cause any additional flare-ups. ¬†I’ll keep my fellow bloggers posted on that as well.

For now, that sums up week 1, now on to week 2 ūüôā

Week 1 Long Run
Week 1 Long Run

21-Week Half / Full Marathon Training Begins…

As with all good things, change is inevitable. ¬†As for me, it is time to begin another chapter in my Running Journey. ¬†By that I mean that today I began a 21-week training program to prepare myself for my 2nd Full Marathon. ¬†I’m using a combination of two different training plans developed by Hal Higdon, but of course modified them to meet the timeframe I have until my targeted Marathon (Nov 14th – South Padre Island, TX).

Today’s Run (an evening one) called for an Easy 3-Miles, which went very well after a few days rest ūüôā

Tomorrow, I’ll be incorporating Cycling into my regiment (i.e., Cross-Training) in order to work some of the other muscles in my legs that don’t get enough attention during my runs. ¬†Not sure how many miles I’ll do yet, but I’ve got the route alrready chosen, which is wide-open with little to no traffic.

My last (and 1st) Marathon was in Dec 2013, and although I’ve been yearning to do another, life events have gotten in the way and otherwise distracted me. ¬†Things are getting back on track in my life (so to speak), so the time has finally come and I’m forging ahead. ¬†I do know one thing, I’m going through with this not to prove a point, but rather beause Running has become so much a part of my life…and I love it. ¬†Not just the health benefits associated with it, but the challenge and the hard work that goes into it, and most of all crossing that finish line with a great sense of accomplishment and knowing that I didn’t let my arthritis stop me from achieving my goal.

Speaking of which, my goal for this Marathon is to finish stronger than the 1st and with a better finishing time. ¬†On the 1st one, the goal was just to finish, which I did in 5:45:44. ¬†My goal this year is to finish in a minimum of 5:30:00, if not better than that. ¬†To do so, I’ll need to maintain a pace of 11:27 for the duration, which I know I can do.

Each week I’ll posting / blogging about my journey along the way, so stay tuned…for those of you who have tuned in (lol).

SaltLife Runner

My Running Journey (with Juvenille Arthritis)

My name is Brian, and this is my first blog entry into what I hope will be an inspiration to many people.  Specifically, my hope is that any fighting any type of physical disability will view my blogs and know that they can do anything they set their mind to and still lead a healthy lifestyle.

I’m 46 years old and proud to say that I’m a Runner. ¬†I wasn’t always a Runner, and actually I didn’t start Running until 2010. ¬†Why did I start? ¬†That’s a whole other story, but one that I most certainly want to share with whomever visits this blog.

At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with a severe form of juvenille arthritis called “Ankylosing Spondylitis”. ¬†The name alone sounds pretty tame (in my opinion), but I can tell you that it has caused me more pain than I thought imaginable.

If you google my condition, or better yet look it up on Wikipedia, you’ll learn that my condition causes fusion of the lower back and can fuse the entire spine and neck together into one solid bone, which is the case for me. ¬†It has not only done this to me, but it has also affected all of the major joints in my body. ¬†Today, I have a partially fused rib cage, which restricts my lung expansion, I have lost all the cartiledge in knees, I have a shattered left knee cap, and I have degenerative joint disease (fusion of the toes) in my right foot. ¬†Yes, as you see (or read) arthritis has wreaked havoc on my body, but it hasn’t stopped me in my tracks. ¬†That is what I want to share through this blog, that there is Hope, and that “Disability Doesn’t Mean Inability”.

Look for more in my next blog, and thatnks for taking the time to read this first one ūüôā


SaltLife Runner