It’s hard to believe it, but the race is only 10 days away! Time flies when you’re having fun, and I can’t believe were almost here.

I just calculated my statistics for this training regimen — would you believe I’ve already put in 350 miles? That’s about 13 marathons of distance, just not in a row.

My confidence level is good. I got through a 20-miler on Nov. 3 with a minimal amount of discomfort. I’m not saying it was easy, but I felt pretty in control and didn’t need to collapse on the sofa afterward. I was able to take an ice bath, shower, and get on with my day.

Overlooking Union Bay/Lake Washington from 15th and Garfield

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Hello Internet —

I’m moderating a live chat with husband-and-wife duo Trisha and Uli Steidl, today at noon! If you have any running-related questions, you should check it out at this address:

http://seattletimes.com/html/othersports/2019667661_websteidlchat12.html\

-Andrew

Ps: Here they are in the cutest photo of all-time:

Photo credit: Seattle U

 

This is Mandisa. Although she is still in high school, she has very bright future. Mandisa’s school constantly recognizes her academic achievements.

She and I really bonded over the Harry Potter series, which we read at the same time. The truth is, though, that I could never keep up with her reading-wise. She reads about 2,000 pages a month, in addition to all her schoolwork.

Here’s a video I shot of her from June, 2012.

I think I know what I’m going to wear on race day.

As many of you know, selection of the race day outcome is a crucial component to a successful marathon. I used this week’s 20-mile run as a test-drive and came out quite pleased with my sartorial choices.

I’ll be wearing a cold-weather, black underlayer with a green windbreak up top. Down below, I’ve picked out a nice pair of black running short that don’t bunch up and remain dry, but also manage to keep my legs warm.

I flirted with the idea of wearing running tights as well, but in the end I’ve decided against it unless the weather forecast is below 40 degrees. At that point, I may reconsider.

The Aurora Bridge from the houseboats on Lake Union

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Author and Marathoner Kim Jones

Despite not taking up competitive running until her 20s, Kim Jones became one of America’s elite distance athletes of the 1980s and 90s. In 1991, she was the third-ranked runner in the world after posting a PR of 2:26:40 in the Berlin Marathon.

In her new book Dandelion Running Wild, Jones recounts the stories of her upbringing and how running brought her a sense of peace. I caught up with her by phone from Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Marathon Newbie: How do you feel about running as an avenue of self-therapy?

Kim Jones: I feel like it helped me through a lot of tough times—the running. Back when I first started running, I didn’t even know I was training. I would just go out for a run, running away from my brothers and sisters. Sometimes, I would just run down to the beach. Little did I know as a child, through my adolescence, or even as a young adult that I developed into a marathoner simply because I used running as a therapy.

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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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In an attempt to learn more about the situation on the ground in NYC, I engaged soccer scribes Grant Wahl and Dylan Butler this morning on Twitter. Both of those respected voices came out against the marathon. -Andrew

  1. GrantWahl
    Buddy flying in from Seattle to run NYC marathon & stay with us. No power here yet. Why are they still running it?
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:20:57
  2. Winner_MLS
    @GrantWahl Runners can still pull out until Saturday and have guaranteed spot in next year’s race.
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:23:03
  3. Winner_MLS
    @GrantWahl You don’t train for world’s most prestigious race for 4 months then just not do it. Marathon mindset=overcoming adversity.
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:24:24
  4. GrantWahl
    @Winner_MLS You haven’t been in NYC this week, have you?
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:25:33
  5. Dylan_Butler
    @Winner_MLS @GrantWahl Andrew, if people train for 4 months for a race, whats another two weeks? To run it Sunday is so inappropriate
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:35:51
  6. Winner_MLS
    @Dylan_Butler @GrantWahl I guess I don’t know what it’s like out there. I honestly didn’t NYC was too affected — maybe I’m mistaken?
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:39:44
  7. GrantWahl
    @Winner_MLS @dylan_butler 37 dead in NYC, horrific damage in parts of city, no power in lower Manhattan.
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:42:07
  8. Dylan_Butler
    @GrantWahl @Winner_MLS Given all that, you could understand why theres an uproar over the diversion of any resources to the race.
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 08:48:39
  9. Dylan_Butler
    Bloomberg comparing Marathon post 9/11 to now is a joke. Then was 8 weeks later, not 5 days later
    Fri, Nov 02 2012 10:42:10