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Adam Culp Endurance Training Running training

First long run, a 9 miler yesterday! ! !

I ran my first long run of 9 miles.  I LOVED IT ! ! !  I feel really alive, as if a light came on in my mind and I started to wonder what I was truly capable of.

My Judo buddy knew exactly what to do, and recommended an 18 week novice marathon training program by Hal Higdon.  I also did a bunch of web searches and dug into learning everything I could about long distance running.  Workouts, nutrition, clothing and equipment, supplements, you name it.  My mind is ripe for information and I am a sponge just soaking up everything I can learn.  Now my runs seem carry more meaning and a purpose again.

The route:

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Adam Culp Endurance Training Running training

Renewed drive to run more

My training has been sporadic and really only 1 or 2 miles each time I go running.  (I have been averaging 7 to 10 miles per week, and feel pretty good about that.)

Lately my wife started running in an effort to get into great shape for a trip to Germany.  She wants to visit with an old college classmate and wants to look her best.  She has gone completely crazy and is doing 3 miles, then 5 miles, then 7 miles, then 8 miles, and finally is now getting up to 9 mile runs on a treadmill at least 4 times per week.  This climb was in a very short time period, and made me wonder why I wasn’t doing that.  If she could do it, so could I.

I also notice that a judo buddy of mine is posting some serious miles of his own in Facebook as he prepares for an ultra marathon.  I have heard him talk to others in the club about his runs, and I am gaining interest by the day.

I have decided I would like to start adding a little distance to my workouts.  I will do a couple of 5 mile runs at a little slower pace than I normally would on the advice of my judo buddy.

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5K Run Adam Culp Running training

Time to train for my first race in a long time, a 5K run.

It came to my attention that others in the company I worked for were going to participate in a 5K Susan G. Komen race in West Palm Beach on January 31st.  I was feeling pretty good, and decided that with a month and a half to train I would like to run it also since it was only 3.1 miles.  Surely I could do that, after all I already run 3 miles for some workouts.  This will be just like another workout, but with hundreds of other people.

Found out that even though I can still register for the race it is too late for me to be considered on the same team as my co-workers.  Oh well, I will still go and have some fun.