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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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This is the work of Elaine, one of the beneficiaries of my fundraiser. I am so proud to see her perform like this! She is truly an inspiring individual and I look forward to seeing how she grows as a person in South Africa.

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!

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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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.

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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