Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz

I’m glad I decided to run the Heartland 39.3 series of half marathons instead of my usual spring marathon. To go from running only 2-3 marathons a year, to racing every other weekend, has been fun. This break in my routine is just the boost I needed to energize my training for the Kansas City Marathon.

From Meb’s appearance at the pasta dinner on the eve of the race, to crossing the finish line with a PR of 1:38:36 (average pace of 7:32/mile) to earn a second-place finish in my age group, this has been a memorable weekend.

Don Ledford, at Run Faster, Run Farther

Need Motivation? Watch This

The marathon is inspiring. Training for a marathon, on the other hand, can be arduous and time-consuming and even monotonous. Grinding out the miles, day after day after week after month, can cause any runner’s enthusiasm to occasionally wane.

If you need a little inspiration for your marathon training — or any running regimen, for that matter — you have my permission to skip today’s run (as long as it’s not your weekly long run — NEVER skip the long run!) and Netflix instead.

Don Ledford at Run Faster, Run Farther

Rock the Parkway

Nothing is more frustrating than being stuck in a slow porta-potty line when the race is about to start … nothing, that is, except knowing that it’s your own blame fool fault.

But today was such a gorgeous day for a race, and the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon (in Overland Park, KS) is such a great event, that not even my pre-race stupidity could mar the day.

Let this be a lesson to you.

Don Ledford at Run Faster, Run Farther

5K Tortoise and Hare