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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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The New York Times is reporting that the New York Marathon will proceed, despite strong objections from some quarters.

There was some worry that Hurricane Sandy would force a cancellation, but organizers confirmed again that they will go ahead with Sunday’s race, considered by many to be the most prestigious marathon in the world.

“The city is a city where we have to go on,” [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Much of the distress centers on the availability of the Staten Island Ferry, which usually transports up to 50 percent of the race participants to the starting line. The Times reports that if the ferry is not in service, runners will have to take a bus. According to the official website, those who selected Staten Island Ferry service have been reassigned to buses, with the first wave leaving at a mind-boggingly early 4:30 a.m.

The New York Marathon is the world’s largest marathon with more than 47,000 runners starting last year’s race.

Runners cross over the Verrazano Bridge to begin the 2011 New York City Marathon. Photo from DailyMail.co.uk