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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Tip #16: Practice Drinking!

Tip #16: Practice Drinking!

For me, I did this a lot during my college days. My college drinking wasn't the type of drinking that would help you on race day, that is for sure! 

I read a few years ago, that it is a good to practice your drinking during the training runs. Essentially, you will be training yourself to run and drink. One stressful part of a long distance race is the water stops. The traffic is intense and the last thing you want to do during a race is experiment. 

Race day experiments are not advised. I DO recommend experimenting during your training. One other aspect to figure out is water vs. sports drink. 

I can drink just about anything during the race, but some people have digestive issues. If you are worried about digestive issues and need more than just water, I would recommend mixing water and Tailwind. Whatever you do, experiment during your training. I have tried Gatorade, Powerade, and a number of other drinks. Tailwind seems to work best for me. 


Monday, January 2, 2017
Tip #17: Start your official training runs or "pre-runs"

Tip #17: Start your official training runs or "pre-runs"

OK, this might seem obvious. They key to your journey will be two things related to starting. First, you have to start. Second, be patient. Every training season I have experienced some early frustration with my pace or something related to training. Getting a jump on your training runs is important. I try to run consistently before I start training. 3-5 miles a day is good, if you can swing it.

The good news, you will get better over your time in training. Your patience will be rewarded on race day (at the finish line).

Speaking of finish line, I am motivated by the people who are at the end of the race...my family.

Check this photo of my son and I at the finish line in Chicago 2012.

Love that feeling. Love the cowbell. Need more.....

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Tip #18: Start your pre-training or training plan

Tip #18: Start your pre-training or training plan

This should likely be a #1 tip because it is so important. If you are months or weeks away from your training, it will be helpful to start running a bit to build your base up. It may not be easy for you at this stage, that's OK. As you progress with training, the runs will ebb and flow between easy and difficult.

Great job, you are on your way to the finish line. All by simply starting!


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Tip #19: Select a training plan

Tip #19: Select a training plan

You can find many plans out there, the key is to select one that fits your level. The levels can range from beginner, intermediate and expert. The beginner plans are excellent. I found that the intermediate plans are definitely challenging.

You can pay for some really good plans or use a free one. I have used plans from Nike + +Nike and Hal Higdon's plans http://halhigdon.com/. Hal is a fantastic person and he shares many tips on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/halhigdon?fref=ts).

I have other ideas to share about books to read on the half or full marathon and will post a list later.

Keep up the great work, you are well on your way to finishing! Neat idea pictured below:

Image source: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/marathon-training-plans/

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Tip #20: Sign up and tell your friends

Tip #20: Sign up and tell your friends

For the next set of posts, I will be sharing my top 20 tips for running a distance race (10K, half marathon or full marathon). I had a few friends who are thinking about embarking on a journey to a half marathon and they asked for some quick tops.

Tip #20: sign up and tell your friends and family. Nothing will make you feel better than telling your crew that you are signed up and ready to challenge yourself. The second benefit is this: no turning back. You can't leave it once you announce. The journey will always be one step at a time:)

ENJOY it! Tell the world!

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Monday, October 31, 2016
Halloween Mission Accomplished!

Halloween Mission Accomplished!

Ever since I can remember, I LOVED halloween. I love the Great Pumpkin, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, skeletons, etc.

As an adult, I always hoped to have a child to share this joy with. My wife and I were blessed with the most amazing miracle ever, and this year he dressed up as a giraffe! This brings me to a yearly ritual we have called trick-or-treating in the tractor. I have summarized for you my tips for successful trick or treating with pictures!

The cutest giraffe!

1. Safety first: It's all about the children and we must be careful. No beer while driving:) I was always checking to make sure my passenger in the trailer was OK and hanging on. For good measure, I had reflective gear and lights on the tractor.
2. Have a plan and execute: We trained for this. Nile and Azel were quick out of the gate, running in the gap houses!
3. Good faith payments: Remember, these little people are still tiny and need FUEL. It's good to let them eat some candy during the mission. It keeps them fueled and focused!

4. Have some fun along the way. Which guy is scarier?

5. Motivate: I kept saying to my two little people "we trained all year for this- WOO HOO!" Yes we sure did!
6. Have goals! We wanted to hit our entire subdivision and this year we accomplished it!
7. Celebrate the win! Pixie stick freebasing! Payback from all the years we used to hand out 3 foot pixie sticks!

Until next year.....

Monday, September 5, 2016
Ainsley's Angels: Team Lilly Jo

Ainsley's Angels: Team Lilly Jo

What a life changing experience! 
Lilly Jo and her family are amazing. Her sister Rorrie ran with us on mile 12. She adores her big sister and we love their awesome spirit. I gave Rorrie my finishers medal and told her she earned it. The smile she gave me inspires me to be better.  

Take a look at all of the joy! A special thanks to Shannon and Greg. You both are amazing people and awesome teammates. I am inspired by you. Chad and Jolene Darter, you are two special people. Thanks for what you do. Curt Ehlinger: thanks for rocking today. You inspire so many Curt. You make the orange army proud, daily. 

Teri Connely: thanks for the support (5:30 wake up calls, encouraging words and for listening to me) and for pushing me to be better. :):) I love you. My man Nile: thanks for being you! I thought of you during the race (that guy you chase ran the race). Woo hoo! Thanks to the MVRA and all of the volunteers. Your support for this race is world class: thank you!

Now enjoy the best part! Lilly Jo: we loved running with you, always keep that smile factory going. You light the world up!

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