January
10
Posted on 10-01-2009
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BRIAN DARROW, 01:38:57 @ Finish: Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon presented by CIGNA, Disney Destinations LLC

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January
10
Posted on 10-01-2009
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BRIAN DARROW, 01:10:46 @ 15K: Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon presented by CIGNA, Disney Destinations LLC

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January
10
Posted on 10-01-2009
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BRIAN DARROW, 00:47:09 @ 10K: Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon presented by CIGNA, Disney Destinations LLC

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January
10
Posted on 10-01-2009
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BRIAN DARROW, 00:23:44 @ 5K: Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon presented by CIGNA, Disney Destinations LLC

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January
09
Posted on 09-01-2009
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

I ran my last 2 miles of training for the Disney half marathon this morning.  So, after 998.6 miles (since July 1, 2008) all that’s left to do is run this race.  My two miles were pretty easy.   I mosied along at an 8:30 pace and threw in a few strides.  My average pace was 8:13 per mile.  My legs feel strong and light for the first time in about 6 months.  The time I spent at planned race pace today was quite comfortable.  I have to say that I’m ready.

I’d like to say good luck to Lindsay, who will be running the half marathon with me and then running the full marathon the next day.  It’s called the “Goofy” challenge for obvious reasons.

I’ll be on the road early afternoon for the race expo to pick up my packet, then to check in to the Wildnerness Lodge.  The blog and my twitter account should update automatically when I cross the 5K, 10K, 15K and finish line on Saturday morning.   I’m not sure which wave I’ll be in, but I’m pretty sure my time in the 10K warrants a placement in corral A of wave 1.  I’ll know more when I pick up my packet.

Good luck to everyone else running this weekend.  I’ll post a detailed race report when I get a chance, but the Twitter account should remain fairly up to date since I can update it via text message.

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January
07
Posted on 07-01-2009
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

Today’s plan was for a 4 mile easy run. Since yesterday’s easy run turned into more of a tempo run, I decided I needed to reign in the restless legs today.  Despite the fact that it was a beautiful morning, perfect for a run, I headed to the gym and jumped on the treadmill.  At the constant 8:58 min/mile pace of the treadmill, my legs were unable to speed up and I actually pulled of an easy run.

Sadly, the 4 easy miles felt more difficult than the 5 relatively hard miles yesterday.  I think this is a good sign, but decided it’s best not to worry about it.  Tomorrow is a day off and I’ll use this time to run some errands before the trip to Orlando.   I’m thinking about using an iron-on transfer to put my blog address on the back of my shirt.  What do you think?  Good idea?

After 24 weeks of training, all that stands between me and this race is an easy 2 mile run.

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January
06
Posted on 06-01-2009
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

Today was one of those days when all the parts of the body weren’t exactly in sync.  Legs decided they wanted to go fast, but brain kept telling legs to slow down.  Heart and lungs just kind of relaxed, because they figured brain had everything under control.  It often happens that brain appears in control, but somewhere halfway through the run, legs have been slowly working on brain.

“Well, we’ve gone this far so fast,” Brain reasons, “let’s see how fast we can do this run.”  At this point, legs have won.  Brain has been converted.  Heart and lungs have no other choice than to go along with this foolish scheme.  There will be no easy run today.

I started off with good intentions, but somehow the brain seems to leak the information to the legs that today’s run is only 5 miles, so you don’t need to take it easy…and off I go.  I was honestly trying to run easy – just under 9 minutes per mile, but I find myself flirting with 8, then sub 8, then 7:15, then sub 7.  I ran today’s 5 miles only 3 seconds slower than yesterday’s five miles and I know I spent at least 2 minutes standing idle on street corners waiting for traffic.

So if nothing else, today was a good confidence builder.  I ran at my planned race pace for extended amounts of time without sucking wind.  Granted, 5 miles is far different from 13.1 but I’m, fairly confident.  Now, I need to slow down so I’m not sore on race day.  4 miles tomorrow, then a day off.

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January
05
Posted on 05-01-2009
Filed Under (Training) by Brian

Ahhh, the last week before the race.  The mileage is down and the nerves are starting to pile up.  Today’s run was a whopping 5 miles and will be the longest of the week.   It was the only speed work I’ll do this week.  It consisted of 4 x 1200 m intervals at threshhold pace.  My threshhold pace is 7:15 min/mile and during the warmup mile I was feeling pretty sluggish.  As I crossed the street into the park, though the legs really took over.  I think they were saying something like, “Yay!  Flat land!”.  I completed the first 800 m of my first 1200 m interval in just over 3 minutes.  I slowed a little, but averaged a 6:32 pace.

“A little fast, ” I told myself, “Take it easy on the next one.”  Clearly the voices in my head were not convincing today.  I ran the second interval at6:23 average pace.  Fatigue did start to set in and the third interval was a relatively slow 6:40 pace, but I did accidentally run .80 miles instead of .75 for that one.  The final interval was at 6:39 average pace.  A nice run, though I may regret it tomorrow.  If I could string those 4 intervals together into a solid run, I’d have my 20 minute 5K.

Walking home today I felt antsy.  Today’s run was much better than my very sluggish 6 miles in Orlando, but I suppose I can write that off to 2 days in the car.  It’s been a week since I ran 10.5 miles and over 3 weeks since I did 13 miles.  With the upcoming half marathon, I was wodnering how I would perform at that distance.  It’s tough to resist the urge to run a 13 miler just to see if I still have it.  Of course, if I don’t have it now then I’m not going to have it on Saturday no matter what.  So, may as well save the legs and give it a go in the race.  I’m pretty sure I’m ready and if I’m not, then there’s really nothing I can do now that will make me any readier than I already am.  There’s nothing left to do but eat, sleep and drink water.

The rest of the week is pretty low key.  5 miles easy tomorrow, 3 miles easy on Wednesday, Thursday off, 2 easy miles on Friday, then an early morning half marathon with 15,000 of my closest friends on Saturday.  Speaking of which, somebody actuallty wrote an article about me:

http://www.examiner.com/x-1712-Walt-Disney-World-Travel-Examiner~y2009m1d4-Runner-offers-inspiration-through-his-blog

Haha.  I don’t know how many people I’ve really inspired, but when I look back at my early posts, I realize that I sure have come a long way so I’ve at least inspired myself…and I’m having a hell of a lot of fun.

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January
01
Posted on 01-01-2009
Filed Under (Inspiration) by Brian

A lot of my blog buddies have been posting philosophical reflective type posts since it’s the New Year and all, so I thought I’d toss my own reflections out there.

In 2008, I ran my first marathon – poorly.  I logged about 1200 miles (at least since I started logging my runs in March), I ran my first 10K – quite well.  I cheered my daughter on in her first season in Cross Country.  I earned a Ph.D.  I read Jack Daniels’ Running Formula.  I started training seriously.  I logged 60 miles in one week – several times.

All in all, it was pretty good and I know I’m well prepared for my upcoming half marathon in January.  With any luck, my return to Disney will redeem my poor performance last year and prove that I learned something from the experience.  Actually, I don’t need the proof.  I know I learned something from the experience.  That poor performance, far from discouraging me from running actually proved to me that I am a runner.  That’s because distance running and all endurance sports I think are exercises in managing discomfort.  The fact that I was able to complete a full marathon when my knee hurt me from the first step proved to me that I was capable of managing great discomfort.  Though it took me 5 1/2 hours to drag my sorry ass across that finish line, I knew that if I could push myself through 5 1/2 hours of pain, I was capable of pushing greater speeds for long distances.  The cool thing is that I have.

In the first chapter of Daniels Running Formula, he identifies four key ingredients to success in distance running:

1)  Inherent ability (genetics)

2)  Motivation

3)  Opportunity

4)  Direction

When I look at myself in the mirror, I cannot deny that I look like a runner.  The more I run, the more I believe that I’m built to be a runner.  I cannot use a lack of inherent ability as an excuse.  The marathon experience proved to me that I am motivated.  My lifestyle certainly affords me the opportunity to suceed in running and I hope I’m giving myself the proper direction – though I’m always open to change.

So, I guess it’s a good time to lay out some goals for 2009.  Here they are in no real order:

1)  Break 1 hour, 40 minutes in the half marathon

2)  Break 20 minutes in the 5K

3)  Break 18 minutes in the 5K (okay, those 2 were in a particular order)

4)  Win my age group in a race and then…

5)  Win a race (this one might be a stretch, but there a some small races I’ve got a shot at I think)

6)  Launch digitalrunning.com.  (I’ve got to get it out there and let the community help me mold it)

7)  Log 100 miles in a week

Tentatively, I’ll be running another full marathon in early 2010, and I’m planning on running it fast.  My weekly training mileage will need to reach triple digits in 2009.   So, with the first of many deep breaths of 2009, I tuck these goals into my head and wish you all a very happy and successful New Year – whatever your goals may be.

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