First half marathon diary: The race has been run!

Happy Monday!

Saturday was race day. Before then...

Oh boy. It's really real now. #rocknroll #savannah #halfmarathon #running

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Anyway.

It was fun, and that's about what I have to say about that. The video has a lot more in it. Some notes:

Time. I trained for 2:20 and came in at 2:21:12, in the top 4,000 of about 25,000 registered. So, right where I expected.

My friend Kelle, on the left there, ran 15 half marathons in 2015 to recover from an injured foot. More accurately, she got her boot off in February and finished her 15 by the first week in November, so basically eight months of running races. Photo by her hubs, Glenn.

My friend Kelle, on the left there, ran 15 half marathons in 2015 to recover from an injured foot. More accurately, she got her boot off in February and finished her 15 by the first week in November, so basically eight months of running races. Photo by her hubs, Glenn.

Weather. When I finished it was about 75 degrees with humidity hovering around 90%. It was hazy through most of the course. Apparently this was hotter than they expected — they wound up shutting this down early. In race PRSpeak, that's what they mean when they say they "diverted runners along the course." That is, they diverted them to the finish early. I really didn't think it was so bad out; I'd been training in 90-plus percent humidity all summer with another 20 or more degrees on the thermometer.

Water issues. The water stop at the halfway point (in the half) stalled me for a full 45 seconds. There were lots of cups out, but no water in them. By the time I got to the water station around 9.5 miles, they were out of water, and were handing out ice cubes. I wound up carrying a paper cup full of ice in one hand and a handful of loose cubes in the other hand for a good half mile. I guess if there's a next time, I'll carry my own water, much as I hate how that feels on my shoulder.

Overall experience. I had fun. For as challenging as the training was, and as challenging as it was running in a crowd the whole way, it was a fun race. I'm not sure I'd want to travel for a race unless I really knew what I was doing in the location. Maybe I'll make this one an every year or every other year event.

More:

» A runner died during the half. He was 35. The family didn't want his name out there, and we don't know any of the circumstances surrounding his death. I saw three people in ambulances between miles 11 and 12 and another five runners down along the route, so I suppose it shouldn't be too much of a surprise we lost someone.

» UPDATE: A second runner died after getting home.

» You may have already seen this floating around Facebook, but one of Savannah-Chatham's finest helped a runner across the finish after he fell a couple hundred yards shy of the finish line. An EMT cycled behind them and helped him immediately after he made it across.

What's next for my running. While, like I said, I found running with the crowd difficult, I did enjoy the distance, so I'll keep a few long runs a month in my repertoire. I'll likely set a goal for 2016, like 1,000 miles, or something along those lines.

What's next for the running diary. It will go on hiatus until there's something new to say, so probably for the rest of the year — but it'll be back when I'm ready to log some miles again.

Sweaty Josh picture of the week (I'm the one in red crossing the finish line):

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First half marathon training diary, the last few steps

These are the last few steps of my final training run before race day Saturday. Couple of slow 4-milers this week (lots of traffic, actually, so fast four milers, with lots of 30-second breaks), and now we just have to not get hit by a car for 40 hours or so and we'll be ready to roll! Thanks for being here with me the last five months. More after the race! Full journey here.

First half marathon training diary, Week 22

Happy Monday!

Hooray for taper week. Really. I needed the break. We're now under a week until race day. We'll have a couple of jaunts of four or so miles and then...well, it'll be here. We have a nice relaxing day with friends on Friday, and we'll line up with the 2:20 folks as the sun is coming up on Saturday, and off we go for a couple of hours.

I haven't decided exactly which I'll listen to during (and yeah, I realize there will be plenty of music on the route), but I have a few Joe Rogan podcasts lined up. Maybe I'll save the one with the iceman, Wim Hof.

We'll see you on the other side. Good luck to all y'all who are running alongside us.

Links

Me on Runkeeper
More running diary
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah
Training schedule

Stats

Miles logged last week: 18.57
Time logged last week: 3:08:45
Weeks until race: 1
Weight: 146

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Sweaty Josh picture of the week

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Stop looking for the next thing

I've been getting hit over the head with this lately, mostly thanks to Duncan Trussell.

"Do what you're doing, shut the fuck up and enjoy it," Michael Donovan tells himself on Trussell's podcast, the Duncan Trussell Family Hour.

Trussell also recently had Onnit's Aubrey Marcus on the show. Marcus is someone who has built a business that was initially basically a supplement store, then added fitness equipment, then a training program and now a gym. He hasn't grown the business because he wanted to build a bigger business. He's grown it because he enjoyed doing these things, and he built a business around what he enjoyed doing.

Kyle Eschenroeder wants us to slow down, skip the life hacking and do things to completion. Listen to him on the Art of Manliness podcast discussing philosophy, entrepreneurship and enjoying the process.

Don't worry about what's coming up, or what you do next, or how to take care of the thing you're working on in the quickest manner possible. Just focus on what you have going on, and keep it steady.

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Links of the week, Oct. 27, 2015

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» From the most expectant mothers in a prenatal yoga class to the world's largest "Thriller" dance, see some of the weirdest world records
» Are you as sick of stupid baby names as I am? No? Well, here are a bunch of weird baby names celebrities have come up with
» In time for Halloween, check out the true stories behind some great horror films.
» As long as we're doing Halloween, we might as well look at some abandoned places in New Jersey
» Oh, and some photos from the Halloween Dog Parade in NYC (and even more photos from the parade)
» You think booze fixes a lot of your problems? Maybe you're right. Check out a history of cocktails as medicine.
» Vogue likes these looks on men. I think if people walked into the bar wearing some of this stuff, you might say some not-so-nice things about them.

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First half marathon training diary, Week 21

Happy Monday!

It was a physically taxing week, getting the rest of the furniture into the new place and such, but still managed to keep race pace for a 13-miler on Saturday, and really wasn't quite four minutes slower for the week over last week. I do need to clean up my diet for taper week and race week, but that'll be easy enough now that we're in the new place and not driving back and forth at least once a day, trying to squeeze in meals (and sleep) where I can.

I made the final long run before race day as close to race day as possible, sending a backpack to work with my wife, getting up at are-you-kidding-me o'clock, riding my bike to where we'll park our bikes, walking to the start line, and getting started, well, about 15 minutes before race time. I didn't run the course, but I did get distance and time.

Links

Me on Runkeeper
More running diary
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah
Training schedule

Stats

Miles logged last week: 26.41
Time logged last week: 4:28:22
Weeks until race: 2
Weight: 149

This post is brought to you by Shroom Tech Sport, my pre-workout of choice. No caffeine, no shakes, no weird warm feeling coming over you. Just some extra drive to get you through.

Sweaty Josh picture of the week

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Had a chilly morning this week, we did!

The power of asking

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Tim Ferriss recently had a podcast with Richard Betts. Betts is a wine and whisk(e)y whiz (use the e when the country of origin has an e, like Ireland or America, but not when there is no e, like Scotland or Japan), who got his start in food as a breakfast cook, and then, for his next job, he went to a chef and said something to the effect of, I can't decide whether to ask you for a job or go to culinary school.

The chef responded, "If you ask me for a job now, I'll hand you some potatoes and say, 'start peeling.' Or, you can spend time and money on culinary school and come back and I'll hand you some potatoes."

Betts went on to become the ninth person to pass the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on the first try, and he has developed his own wine, tequila and mezcal brands.

All because he started by asking.

He even says during the podcast that he wish he'd been less shy about asking for things.

Good lesson. Go listen.

First half marathon diary, Week 19

Happy Monday once again, friends!

On we march. I skipped a rest day this week, but I'll make up for that over the weekend. I made sure I kept my long run to the scheduled 12 miles, though. Best run of the week was four miles that felt like a light jog but came in under 38 minutes, which is about 75 seconds faster than race pace.

We're also in the process of moving, so my resistance training this week has been lifting boxes instead of weights. Things feel a little different, but we're doing all right, apparently.

With the prescribed 20-week training schedule, I would have a taper week this week and then it would be race day, but I started early enough that I'll get a couple of 13-mile runs in and get comfortable at race distance, and then a taper week.

Hope you enjoy your week!

Links

Me on Runkeeper
More running diary
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah
Training schedule

Stats

Miles logged last week: 26.18
Time logged last week: 4:30:31
Weeks until race: 4
Weight: 149

This post is brought to you by Shroom Tech Sport, my pre-workout of choice. No caffeine, no shakes, no weird warm feeling coming over you. Just some extra drive to get you through.

Sweaty Josh picture of the week

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Pick your road, and allow others to pick theirs

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You might be pretty good at life. You may have taken a very short road to get there.

Others might be struggling, or taking a long road to get where they should be.

Remember that it is yours to help or not to help, but never to impose that help or withhold it. When I say yours, it is your place, your prerogative, your responsibility, your right. We're all on the planet together, but we all have our lone roads to travel.

Hopefully we pick up a few good companions along the way.


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Links of the week, Oct. 6, 2015

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Early concept drawings of Jiminy Cricket

» Do you like old things? How about things that have been around for thousands of years but may go extinct soon? Look here.
» It seems like every generation or so, pinup girls get reborn; in the current iteration, roller derby culture is the mainstream manifestation. But look back on some iconic WWII pinups.
» What does Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, think are the the best animated films ever?
» And while we're on animation, check out these Disney drawings you probably haven't seen before!
» Matt Sweeney has played on tons of songs you've heard. And he fell into it. I especially like his story about working on Johnny Cash's posthumous albums. Hear him talk to Marc Maron.
» There's a cafe in London that only serves breakfast cereal. And it really makes some people angry.
» Wow! A paralyzed man is walking again thanks to a computer hooked into his brain.

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