Sunday, January 13, 2008

Cleveland Marathon

Well, on January 10, 2008 I sent in mine and my son's application for the Cleveland marathon. This will be my first marathon since 1998 and the fifth of my life. Including the one 50k I have completed and two training runs, it will be the eighth time I ask my body to run more than 25 miles at one time. For my son Taylor, (who has a long list of running credentials) this will be his first run of this distance. My previous 4 marathons have all in been in the great city of Columbus, Ohio the first being in 1992. Since then this itch has come and gone and this is one year that I cannot ignore it. I want to run in the same race as my son on his first marathon. Although we will probably not be together, it will be fun to share the experience with a first timer and tell the many tales that follow a race of this magnitude. So on May 18, 2008 you will know where to find me. I will be toeing the line next to my son enjoying every minute of the experience.

Over the next few months I will be chronicling my training along with any other intersting things I can to throw in. One thing this blog will contain will be my weekly mileage, my body weight, training mile pace, long run for the week, and anything else that I think a reader may find worthy. So without further ado:
  1. Total miles for this week was 25
  2. Body Weight = 200
  3. Training at 8:20 pace for long runs
  4. Long Run = 10 miles ~ roads in Mill Creek (every big hill I can find)
  5. Cross training (sort of) I started jumping rope for 2 minutes in between (8) 600 repeats - I am trying to get my heart rate increased on the days I run shorter. I also carry 2# "heavy hands" on the 600's. I also started isometrics on off days or shorter days, i.e. sit-ups, push-ups, L-seat dips, and Russian twists.

My ultimate goal is to be around 190# for this marathon. I have not been under 200 for the past 11 years! Stay posted and any words of encourgament would be greatly appreciated.


Jeff said...

Good luck Tronk! Good to hear you're getting back into it and that Taylor is doing his first one. Maybe I'll try to make it up there to cheer you guys on!

Brian said...

That's awesome.. I'm planning on doing the marathon as well. I just looked up past results and realized that I've done the Cleveland Marathon each year from 2004 so I sort of have a streak going.

Tronk - I look forward to reading about your progress and hope to get in some runs with you on the weekend.

Taylor - Enjoy the experience. You never forget your first one. Cleveland was my first road marathon back in '98 when I ran it with my dad.