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San Juan Island Marathon in the Books!

Yesterday I ran the San Juan Islands Marathon. I was hoping to break 4 hours, but finished in 4:15:46. The course was very hilly, so I'm happy with my time.

The scenery was spectacular, but it was raining for much of the race. I did not see any whales, but I did see a bald eagle and a lot of very nice sailboats.

Met some nice people as well. It was a very friendly marathon.

I'll update this post later with some more information.

garmin forerunner 205

I bought a Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS watch and I've been trying it out on my runs. It's pretty nice. I'll write up a full review at some point. In the meantime, click below to see a track of the 9.5 mile loop run I did this evening. From my house, around the UW stadium, behind the UW Hospital, along Portage Bay waterfront, past Gasworks Park, turn around at the end of Union Bay at Highway 99 bridge - back on Burke-Gilman Trail. Fantastic Seattle scenery on this run!
I created this picture by uploading Forerunner files to

San Juan Island Marathon

I had such a great time running the Seattle Marathon I decided to run another one. I'm now registered for the San Juan Island Marathon on June 4, 2006.

My original plan was to run the Vancouver marathon in May, but I got sick and missed a few weeks of training so I decided to train for one more month. I made the decision after my last long Sunday run. It was one of my first long runs after my sickness. I did 19 miles, but barely - I definitely wasn't feeling too hot. Instead of shuffling through a survival epic in Vancouver, I decided to train for an additional month and hopefully have a more enjoyable time at the San Juan marathon.

Seattle Marathon

I finished the Seattle Marathon on Sun, 11/27/2005. My time was a pretty unimpressive 4 hours 36 minutes, but I am very happy that I finished. I was training for 5-6 months and I thought I would be O.K., but this was my first marathon and I didn't really know what to expect.

Some things I noticed from this experience:

1) The training book I was following (Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide by Hal Higdon) advised to run not more than 20 miles while training for your first marathon. The intent was to minimize your chance for injury. The author argued that for your first marathon, you should go in slightly undertrained, because your main goal is to finish, not set any records. Being slightly undertrained gives you an advantage over being exhausted before you start or not being able to race at all because you pulled a muscle or something. I don't know if this was good advice or not. I did finish so he was probably right, but I felt like I should have trained harder so that I could have finished faster or with less pain.

Seattle Marathon

The Seattle Marathon is next week. Hopefully, I am ready. I peaked with a few 20 mile runs, but have tapered off during the last two weeks. It's not much fun running in the cold and rain. I feel like I've been training forever. I don't see how I can not finish after all that preparation. I'll crawl if I have to.


Another long run

Still working up to the Seattle marathon. Saturday was the longest run yet, 18 miles. It was all flat though. Next weeks long run will have to include some hills as the marathon course contains a couple big hills.

It seems like there is a long way between 18 and 26.2 miles. The training book I've been reading advises to top out the training runs at 20 miles a few weeks before the marathon date and then slowy taper off until race day. I would have thought that you would want to run farther, but I'm following the training schedule in the book pretty closely. Hopefully, it will pay off.

Marathon Progress

I ran 16.2 miles on Friday which included some nice Seattle hills (ughh). That's my farthest run yet, though I still have a way to go before I'll be ready for the Seattle Marathon. I've started to notice that when I run these kinds of distances, I go through noticeable ups and downs in both my physical and psychological state. At one point around 13 miles, I thought I was going to pass out; a little bit later, I felt fine and was not suffering unduly at the end of the run. The day after I felt fatigued, but no serious muscle or joint pain.

I have noticed one odd physiological effect from these long runs. Afterwards, my body temperature plummets and blood circulation to my extremities seems to shut down somewhat. An hour after ending the run, I had showered and cleaned up to go out for dinner and noticed that I was extremely cold despite wearing a shirt, sweater and jacket. My hands felt numb and my fingernails were blue - not good! This is all in 60F sunny conditions. I really don't seem to be hardwired for cold weather. 90F and I can workout all day, 60F and below and I freeze.

I'm running a Marathon

First Marathon

So I registered for the Seattle Marathon. The race will be held on Sunday November 27, 2005, which means I have 5 months to train. I'm going to need every bit of that time to get in shape. I heard that the Seattle marathon is pretty challenging because of the hills involved. I've never run a marathon before and I'm not really sure what to expect. If anyone has any good advice (or words of encouragement!), I'd love to hear from you. Post a comment below or drop me an email at

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions Of An All-Night Runner


Ultramarathon Man: Confessions Of An All-Night

Author Dean Karnazes
Publisher Tarcher (March, 2005)
ISBN 1585422789
Reviewer Paul Farrall

Have you ever pulled an all-nighter? Two in a row? How about running
non-stop through the night? This is the story of a man who routinely
does that and much more. Read on for a review of this book.

Dean Karnazes was living a normal yuppie life in San Francisco until

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