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This is how it starts.

This week, a strange series of ‘what-ifs’ has been bubbling up inside of me. What if I ran the race differently — got out of the gate faster? What if I changed my training schedule? What if I ran with a group? Could I do better than I did?

I have been trying to bury this feeling with beer and cheeseburgers, but to no avail. Sooo…we’ll see how this goes. But I may have to do another one.

One thing I did enjoy about marathon training (it’s really more about the training then the actual race) is how I’ve been feeling recently. I didn’t drink any alcohol in the month of November. I stuck with non-processed foods as much as possible. I stuck to a pretty regimented schedule.

The results weren’t immediate, but they were positive. I had more energy. I had less back pain. My pants fit differently. I recovered quickly from race day and wasn’t all that sore. I liked all of those things.

Now, whether I like those things more than chicken wings remains to be seen.

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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

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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