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Third time's a charm: Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon starts tomorrow.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I ran my first marathon in October, 2011 on my 51st birthday, then finished the Marine Corps marathon this past October. My hometown Pittsburgh marathon (seen above) on May 5th will be my third.

And my third try at running it. A stress fracture ended my quest in 2011 and IT band issues from my first marathon caused me to drop down to the half last year.

Mile 22 is a block from my house. In 2009, I was inactive and pudgy. I walked down the block and watched the marathon participants run by. Later that day, I cycled down to the finish line. I watched as the final runners gave everything to cross the line before the six hour cut off. It was inspiring! I signed up for Sparkpeople the next day.

I currently weigh just slightly less than when I started on Spark, but I have accomplished so much. I set and met goals that I once could not have imagined.

These will be my loyal foot soldiers for the journey:

2 pair of adidas AdiZero Adios 2s and two pair of adidas Marathon 10s. I completed the Marine Corps marathon in the Marathon 10s.

The plan calls for easy runs on Mondays and Fridays and medium length runs at marathon pace on Thursdays. Tuesdays will be hill work for the first 8 weeks, followed by 8 weeks of speedwork. I'll run my long, slow runs each weekend, including two 20 milers and a 22 miler.

I'll keep everyone posted on my progess.

I'm currently doing a streak of 30 days of 30 minutes of purposeful exercise. So far, so good in 2013. If all goes well, I plan to expand it to 100 days.

On the tracking food front, I give myself a B- but continue to fight the good fight...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MBSHAZZER 1/7/2013 3:36PM

    John, 3rd time's the charm! You can do it! I did not know that your Spark journey started with PGH marathon! I'm sure it will be very exciting and meaningful for you to cross the finish line in May!

Your plan sounds great! I should follow a plan sometime! :D

Sending you all the best for a healthy marathon training cycle!

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BILLALEX70 1/7/2013 11:10AM

    Kick asphalt John!

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CINERICIA 1/7/2013 9:30AM

    Love your shoes! Your blue Adidas and my blue Mizunos should get together. Oh, wait. They'll both be busy marathon training. (My first is May 5th as well, in Cincinnati.)

You're plan looks great. Best of luck to you. Who knows who you'll inspire when you cross that finish line?

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DAISYBELL6 1/7/2013 9:28AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan! Good luck!

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ONMYMEDS 1/7/2013 9:07AM

    Good luck!!

Love the shoe pic!!

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GOODGETNBETR 1/7/2013 9:06AM

    emoticon with the training!

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BILL60 1/7/2013 9:03AM

    Great plan. The best to you in your quest.

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IMSMILEY88 1/7/2013 8:59AM

    Congrats on creating your plan... and setting it into motion! I hope it does work out this time! I love the photo of your shoes. emoticon Keep up the great work!

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2WHEELER 1/7/2013 8:47AM

    This is going to be your year! Best of luck to you. emoticon

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PLMITCH 1/7/2013 6:51AM

    Best of luck to you. I'm planning to take on my first 10K this year, so you are way ahead of me, but it all feels good!

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/7/2013 12:16AM

    Way to go! I surely do admire you Marathoners!

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GREENGENES 1/6/2013 9:25PM

    Awesome. Good luck with your training.

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BAM0827 1/6/2013 8:00PM

    I guess I should make a half marathon plan, huh ;)

Crossing fingers that no issues come up and you get to run through your neighborhood and wave at all your supporters!

Enjoy the journey

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BOBBYD31 1/6/2013 7:32PM

    3rd time is a charm. wish i was going to be here this year watch you finish the marathon. good luck

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CATMAGNET 1/6/2013 7:01PM

    My sister-in-law is doing the Half that day in Pittsburgh, so she starts her training soon. Best of luck, and if I'm able to make the trip, I'll make sure to wave and cheer you on! :)

Comment edited on: 1/6/2013 7:06:45 PM

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KLONG8 1/6/2013 6:48PM

    I love your plans and the photos of your shoes! I'm rooting for you!

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TAMTAM64 1/6/2013 6:34PM

    Enjoy the training journey! I will be cheering you on!

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IONA72 1/6/2013 5:51PM

    Adidas are my fave running shoes, so I like your choice. Sounds like a good plan, look forward to hearing how you progress. I'm working on the food tracker myself, focus is my motto this month!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/6/2013 4:58PM

    Best wishes on your training, and I hope the third time is successful.

Judi emoticon

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CAROLCRC 1/6/2013 4:33PM

    hope it all works as planned this time! Experience does pay off!

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