Late 30s husband, father, programmer, and runner.
I don't always run marathons, but when I do, I prefer the Hansons marathon plan.

Felt good (and dizzy) to get sweaty again. My crossfit buddies were excited to see me and hear about my race since it’d been 3 weeks from my last session.

I used a 35# plate, and it was a little rough, especially the curls and situps. Definitely rusty. It was short, though, and the running felt like I was flying. A good sign for getting out there for a few miles tomorrow.

Felt good (and dizzy) to get sweaty again. My crossfit buddies were excited to see me and hear about my race since it’d been 3 weeks from my last session.

I used a 35# plate, and it was a little rough, especially the curls and situps. Definitely rusty. It was short, though, and the running felt like I was flying. A good sign for getting out there for a few miles tomorrow.

Well, it’s been over a week now since I’ve run or done any kind of exercise for that matter. Unless you count frequent arm curls shoving any food I can find in my mouth. Marathon hunger persists long after the race is done. Indulging in every vice I denied myself in the name of a PR.

But I’m back on the wagon tomorrow with some crossfit and then an easy run on Tuesday. I need to work out some kind of plan to take me to the Thanksgiving race and then figure out how I can make Hansons work for Boston in the winter while also setting a satisfying goal. TBD.

On the plus side, it’s been a typically sports-filled fall weekend. Both kids competed at a swim meet both mornings. A few PRs. Some rust to shake off. The little guy taking advantage of his last few months as an 8 year old and scoring a lot of points — a first, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds. I think it might be eye-opening when he ages up to the next level. No longer king of the hill.

Hope everyone’s having a good weekend. Back to my regular running schedule soon.

Well, it’s been over a week now since I’ve run or done any kind of exercise for that matter. Unless you count frequent arm curls shoving any food I can find in my mouth. Marathon hunger persists long after the race is done. Indulging in every vice I denied myself in the name of a PR.

But I’m back on the wagon tomorrow with some crossfit and then an easy run on Tuesday. I need to work out some kind of plan to take me to the Thanksgiving race and then figure out how I can make Hansons work for Boston in the winter while also setting a satisfying goal. TBD.

On the plus side, it’s been a typically sports-filled fall weekend. Both kids competed at a swim meet both mornings. A few PRs. Some rust to shake off. The little guy taking advantage of his last few months as an 8 year old and scoring a lot of points — a first, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds. I think it might be eye-opening when he ages up to the next level. No longer king of the hill.

Hope everyone’s having a good weekend. Back to my regular running schedule soon.

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I feel good enough to run, but I’m resisting. It’s not often I get a break like this. My left ankle/calf and foot didn’t bother me during the race, but I’d like to make sure those pains are dead and gone before I start training again. I’m sticking to my plan to not run until Tuesday.

My 6th grader had his last XC race of the season yesterday. He’s suffered through a stomach bug the last couple days, so it didn’t go great. He learned a lesson about running when you’re under the weather - snotty, tired, and hard to breathe. He was disappointed, but I think it had more to do with the fact that the season is over. Now he can focus on swimming.

I’m still pretty jazzed about the marathon, to the point where I did search for a half marathon to run in early November. Nothing really caught my eye that was still taking registrations, so I may just focus on the 4-mile Fox & Turkey coming up on Thanksgiving. I’ll try to maintain my endurance for the next couple months until it’s time to look toward Boston.

I haven’t made any goals or plans for 2015 really. As I roll into the 40+ age group, I can start to realistically think about qualifying for guaranteed entry to New York 2016. It’s not really guaranteed unless I qualify in a NYRR race, but it should increase my odds. 2:50 marathon or 1:23 half. The latter should be achievable if I stay healthy.

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2:55:07 (6:41 pace), 615th overall

A PR by 3:47 from last year’s Chicago Marathon, and a whopping 14:12 better than my BQ at the Fox Valley Marathon two years ago. I’ve learned so much about marathon racing in that time, and there’s surely plenty more to come. I’m really proud of the work I did for this one, and I think you’ll see how it paid off below.

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No, this doesn’t actually describe my current physical state.
For the day after a marathon, I’m feeling surprisingly good. Kinda makes me wonder if I didn’t push as hard as I could have yesterday. I’m telling myself it was good race strategy and adequate training because those 7 seconds might haunt me for a little while.
I’ve spent most of the day lying in bed in pajamas and calf sleeves catching up on season 4 of The Walking Dead. When you’re marathon training almost year-round, it’s easy to fall behind on TV shows and other forms of entertainment. A federal holiday after a marathon gives me the perfect excuse to be lazy.

No, this doesn’t actually describe my current physical state.

For the day after a marathon, I’m feeling surprisingly good. Kinda makes me wonder if I didn’t push as hard as I could have yesterday. I’m telling myself it was good race strategy and adequate training because those 7 seconds might haunt me for a little while.

I’ve spent most of the day lying in bed in pajamas and calf sleeves catching up on season 4 of The Walking Dead. When you’re marathon training almost year-round, it’s easy to fall behind on TV shows and other forms of entertainment. A federal holiday after a marathon gives me the perfect excuse to be lazy.

Good points. I thought I did a good job hydrating the day before, and I got a couple big swigs from each cup on the course. I’m mostly afraid of having to stop and pee mid-race! I should use a training run sometime soon to estimate how much water I really need.

Good points. I thought I did a good job hydrating the day before, and I got a couple big swigs from each cup on the course. I’m mostly afraid of having to stop and pee mid-race! I should use a training run sometime soon to estimate how much water I really need.

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Finally had a couple pieces of pizza and a soda at 4pm. I never want to eat anything after I finish a marathon. Stomach ends up in such a knot, and I didn’t even have any Gatorade during the race this time.

Also interesting - I was 152 after I showered this afternoon. That’s 5 pounds less than I weighed this morning. Maybe I need to eat more real food on marathon morning from now on. Time to experiment with different things before I head out for my runs (you know, in a week or so when I actually run again).

Argh! So close!

2:55:07 and flying high!

Hard-fought, but very happy!

Now where can I lie down…

Argh! So close!

2:55:07 and flying high!

Hard-fought, but very happy!

Now where can I lie down…

Requisite “Flat Chris”
Pretty well-coordinated if I do say so myself.
Not pictured:
Hat, gloves, and track suit to stay warm on the way in
Clif Bar, banana, Gatorade, and Sport Beans for prerace
Long-sleeve shirt to wear into the corral then toss
Body Glide for chafing in the groin area
Waterproof medical tape for the nips
Three VFuel gels that will go in my shorts pocket
Three SCaps in a little baggie to maintain electrolytes
Nike GPS watch
Advance thanks for all your support! So many well wishes and good lucks already. On the eve of a marathon, I’m always amazed at how many people follow along and genuinely care about how well I do. It’s a nice feeling to know you’re out there cheering, waiting for text alerts, or looking for my post-run selfie. Hoping I can hold up my end of the bargain and give you something to applaud.

Requisite “Flat Chris”

Pretty well-coordinated if I do say so myself.

Not pictured:

  • Hat, gloves, and track suit to stay warm on the way in
  • Clif Bar, banana, Gatorade, and Sport Beans for prerace
  • Long-sleeve shirt to wear into the corral then toss
  • Body Glide for chafing in the groin area
  • Waterproof medical tape for the nips
  • Three VFuel gels that will go in my shorts pocket
  • Three SCaps in a little baggie to maintain electrolytes
  • Nike GPS watch

Advance thanks for all your support! So many well wishes and good lucks already. On the eve of a marathon, I’m always amazed at how many people follow along and genuinely care about how well I do. It’s a nice feeling to know you’re out there cheering, waiting for text alerts, or looking for my post-run selfie. Hoping I can hold up my end of the bargain and give you something to applaud.

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My goal for tomorrow is 2:55. About a 6:40/mi average. The last two years I’ve run with a pace group. Now I’ve progressed beyond the fastest one, so what do I do? It’s on me to run a smart and even race.

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