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I did it!

The day after the race and I’m proud to say I have finished my first marathon. It was not as miserable as I would have imagined — the weather cooperated (low 40s, fog), the course wasn’t as bad as people led me to believe (those Galer/Madison hills weren’t too bad), and I feel OK today (well, at least I’m vertical and walking). I really enjoyed visiting with people during the race and got three visits from my lovely girlfriend along the route.

Looking back, running a marathon isn’t just about the race day. It’s the training, the gear, and the camaraderie with fellow runners that makes it worthwhile. I logged almost 400 full miles (complete stats below) during this journey, which started in Africa and ended at Seattle Center. It was a great experience!

Before and after my first marathon

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Things I learned about running yesterday:

  1. The ideal ratio of carbs, protein, and fats for recovery matches up pretty closely with chocolate milk.
  2. Performance-enhancing drugs may be entering the world of elite running.
  3. Core work is the best thing to do the week before a big race.

Get more context and see the rest of the yesterday’s chat with Trisha and Uli Steidl  at the Seattle Times website.

Chris Bosh is down with chocolate milk. You should be too!

An active triathlete and endurance runner from Missouri, Brandon Janosky won the Howl At The Moon ultra in August 2010 by covering an absurd 53.14 miles in 8 hours. I caught up with him to talk about the mindset of the ultra endurance runner: one who decides 26.2 just isn’t enough.

Janosky holds his first-place plaque from Howl At The Moon. Photos courtesy of Brandon Janosky.

The Marathon Newbie: So how did you decide the get into ultra-marathon running? Did you always want to do it?

Brandon Janosky: Actually, no. What initially got me into it was a book I checked out by Dean Karnazes. He’s probably the most recognizable ultra-runner and he’s done a great job marketing himself and the sport. He writes entertaining books that are really easy to read—and they also make you think you can do it too. So yeah, it all started with a book I bought for $5.99. After I read it, I started to wonder how far I could run.

TMN: I assume you had already done a handful of marathons and half-marathons?

BJ: Actually, I hadn’t even done that. Most of the running was what you’ve done – training for soccer, Bloomsday every once in a while, a couple of 5ks. I knew I liked to run, so I decided to see if I liked to run a lot.

I signed up for a half [and as I was training for that], I finished a 10-mile run. I remember what it felt like – I really thought I was on top of the word, like I was the most incredible athlete. I was so excited from that, I thought surely I can survive 13.

So I ended up pushing each boundary, little by little. By 2006 I had done a couple halfs.

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As part of a marathon training plan, it’s a good idea to come up with a few different form of cross-training, as the jogging motion is quite repetitive and can lead to injury—not to mention boredom. The idea for this post came as I was running the infamous Howe Street stairs this past week. I thought to myself—who would ever do this for fun? Then I remembered Dan Lawson.

Lawson, a personal trainer and owner of Javelin Fitness, has long been an advocate of stair-running as a cross-training strategy. I caught up with him on Seattle’s Capitol Hill to hear his thoughts on the Big Climb, the importance of muscle-building exercises for distance runners, and the dreaded Howe Street steps.

Dan Lawson, owner of Javelin Fitness

The Marathon Newbie: How did you first get started with stair-climbing?

Dan Lawson: I think I just like the challenge. I had signed up for the Big Climb and liked the fact that if you’re good, it’s over in 10-15 minutes. Instead of, for example, a five-hour marathon. I prefer to rip the band aid off quickly.

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