Category Archives: Marathon Diary

Steamtown Marathon Diary: The Big Day

Eating healthy. Going to bed early. Waking up before sunrise. Getting my mind focused. Preparing for potentially adverse weather conditions. Reminding myself that I was ready, that I’d done all the work. All of that and, still, I could not … Continue reading

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Steamtown Marathon Diary: Preparing the Mind

After months of training, piling on hundreds of miles, enduring dozens of workouts, tearing through running shoes in no time, it all comes down this. From a physical standpoint, I’ve done nearly everything I can for the marathon. What I … Continue reading

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Steamtown Marathon Diary: The Home Stretch

I said in my last entry that I’m not a big fan of tapers, particularly ones that begin well before race day. Well, as it turned out, my body and the weather didn’t agree with me. I came down with … Continue reading

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Steamtown Marathon Diary: One Last 20 Miler

I’m not a huge fan of big tapers, and even when training for a marathon, I find it a bit odd to start tapering a whole three weeks before the race, which seems to be the common wisdom. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Steamtown Marathon Diary: One Month to Go

Since my decision way back in April to run the Steamtown Marathon, the months have flown by and the miles have piled up. It’s hard to believe only four short weeks separate me from my first marathon. Speaking of firsts, … Continue reading

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Steamtown Marathon Diary: The Importance of Sleep

Runners, particularly when getting close to big races, need to properly manage all sorts of stresses and ensure that their bodies remain in optimum shape. Ice baths, massages, heat pads and so on all go a long way toward maintaining … Continue reading

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Steamtown Marathon Diary: Just Call Me Coach

Weeks of uncertainty have come to an end, as I have officially been hired as an assistant coach for my Alma mater. It’s not a particularly well-paying job, but it feels to good to have another notch for my resumes … Continue reading

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