Monday, September 26, 2011

Next Challenge...

It has been a little over a week since I finished Ironman Branson and I feel great. No post race blues to speak of. I was planning on taking some time off, but I feel so good that I think I am going to ease into my next race. I had always heard that you should rest 1 day for every hour a race took you, but I felt great by Friday, so I went on a little trail run with my wife. So with that being said, my next challenge is the St Jude/Memphis Marathon!

Yes, 26.2 miles of fun. This will be my first marathon and I am really excited about the challenge. I am not looking to smoke the run or even to really try to set a PR or anything like that. I am doing this for the fun of it and the experience. I am trying to decide if next year is my 140.6 race or not and I want to have a marathon under my belt before I do a full Ironman.

Part of me wants to do another 70.3, just to see what I can do on a course without the "rolling hills of Branson". One website I saw showed that the average finish at Branson was 6:35, so I really want to do a flatter course and see what I can do, so the full may wait until 2012 or 2013.

Anyways, I have a marathon plan that I will be following for the next 10 weeks and I plan on blogging a little more frequently about this training, since my run mileage is going to increase. That is another concern I have, increasing mileage to fast, so I will have to be careful and watch out for injuries.

I will soon have some pics up from Branson. Thanks for reading and let me know any tips you have for marathon training! And let me know what you think of the new look of Daily Trainings!  I am tryig some things out!


  1. A marathon is a big goal! I look forward to reading about your training and race. I'll probably do one someday.

  2. Marathon tips:
    1) start slow, don't get caught up in the crowd at the start, use your GPS to stay on pace.
    2) don't over dress! you should be real cold when you start. Wear some clothes you can toss before the start. save the leg tights, fleece cap, thick gloves and turtle neck for when you go skiing. Dress like your doing a marathon, not walking the 13.1 with the grandmas.
    3) be mentally prepared for the last 6 miles to suck and hurt.
    4) take pitty on your wife for dragging three kids down to autozone to stand around in the cold

    I've always enjoyed the training as much as the race. Fall is a great time to run long, have fun!



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