Marathon Training Is Like

Marathon Splits and Photos

I am recovering nicely from participating in the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday.  I am back home and have already taught a Financial Learning Experience on Wednesday evening!

Since I am still a nerd engineer at heart, I thought I would share a chart of my mile splits.  Anyone who has ever run a distance race will certainly enjoy staring at these numbers.

You can clearly see that I hit a slight wall at mile 22.  That is where I decided to walk 45 seconds at each mile marker.  Even with the walking, my longest mile time was 10:07.  Pretty good considering my average pace in my other marathon was 10:15!

If for some reason you are interested in seeing some pictures of me experiencing the pain of the marathon, you can see a host of them HERE

I had a BLAST!  There is nothing like accomplishing a truly huge and intimidating goal.

What do you need to begin preparing to do that today seems almost impossible?

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Official Marathon Time: 3:55:40

I was able to achieve my goal of completing the marathon in under four hours!

I am PUMPED!  More to follow in the next week on the similarities between finances and marathons.

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Running a Marathon TODAY!

I am PUMPED about running the Chevron Houston Marathon today!  I am running with two of my brothers.  We began training for this marathon on September 15 and have each run over 400 miles in preparation for this race.

This is my second marathon and the first for my brothers.  It is going to be a blast running 26.2 miles!

You can track our progress through the race by clicking HERE and searching for the last name "Sangl".

Running A Marathon On Sunday

This weekend, I will be running the Chevron Houston Marathon.  After four months of training, me and two of my brothers will embark on the 26.2 mile journey at 7:10AM Central Time.

I love how this race has embraced technology.  You can track any runner's status just by registering HERE.  When the registration is completed, text messages will be sent at the 6.2 mile, 13.1 mile, 18.3 mile, and 26.2 mile marker.  This is able to be done because of a chip placed on my shoe.  Additionally, each runners status will be shown on a map throughout the race.

It has me asking this question:  How can this crusade better utilize technology?

I welcome all suggestions!

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Marathon Training Is Like … Planning

Marathon training is like planning.

I am currently training for a full marathon that I will run on January 18 in Houston, TX.  I am neck deep in to the training plan right now, and there have been several times that I have asked myself, "WHY am I doing this?  AGAIN?!!"

Since this is my second marathon, I am much more aware of the importance of good planning.

In my first marathon, I had a great training plan that I obtained from HalHigdon.com.  He has training plans for all lengths and types of runs, but I pulled up the novice marathon training plan.

It was a great plan.  It started out with moderate runs and slowly but surely it stretched out to longer runs.  I remember specifically a day that the plan called for a twenty mile run.  A twenty mile run.  I was training in Indiana for the race, and it was horribly cold outside so I ran on a treadmill.

Shortly after I got on the treadmill, a young mother showed up and placed her baby in a car seat attachment next to her.  She then proceeded to change the TV to "Bob The Builder".  She ran for twenty minutes and then left me stranded there watching "Bob The Builder" – SIX STRAIGHT EPISODES!

After running for seventeen miles, I could not take "Bob The Builder" anymore so I got off the treadmill to go change the TV channel.  I never got back on the treadmill.  I never ran the other three assigned miles.

I ended up shortchanging one more twenty mile run that was on the plan.

Guess what happened?  During the marathon, I ran great until mile 17.  By mile 19, I was hurting so bad that I stopped and walked for awhile.  I ran-walked the final 7.2 miles.  I finished, but I really paid dearly for not following the plan.

Have you ever planned your spending and then failed to follow it?  I know I have in the past.  I made it through the month, but I paid dearly for not following the plan.

That is how marathon training is like … plannning. 

Will Rogers said that "even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."