Looking at the calendar moving forward, I’m going to be kicking it into second gear. That’s right. My running to date for 2012 has been for fun. LOL. Now training begins and in the next four months, I’ll be running some serious milage in prep for a marathon and my very first 50 miler.

Here are very general goals for each.


Two Cities Marathon, Fresno, 11/4:
Speedy aspirations and aiming for (very) low 4 hour range. I feel like I’ve been stagnant at 4:20 for too long.

50 Mile North Face Endurance Challenge, San Francisco, 12/1:
Survive. LOL. Seriously. No time goal, just finish and don’t make it “more painful” than it needs to be. Okay, I’d love to do it in less than X hours, but that is a secondary goal not as important as the first.

So, if you thought I was running a lot before? It’s about to get more intense and cray cray distances. Yep, I’m entering training mode.

Here are some things I’ll be using more of:


I’m going to be running through clothes (literally) like crazy. When I did the RWRunStreak, I noticed my shorts and socks were first to go low. Anyone up for laundry?

The word “poop.”
It may be a different four letter word, but poop gives you an idea of what it should say. Do you ever look at a training calendar and think “okay, I’ll be ready for that by then.”?Then the day before you look at it and say “poop.” Yep, that’s probably going to happen a lot.

I have three pairs currently ready for play, four if you include my speed-work shoes. 2 of those have zero miles on them, so I should be good. But you can always use another pair, right?

I’m going to rely heavily on YOU for advice, support, as a sounding board, and motivation. That last part starts today as by putting this on blast, makes it real.

Okay, let training begin. Any words of advice?