One of my favorite quotes comes from T.S. Eliot. It reads, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”Continue reading “Too Far?”
Tomorrow is the New York City Marathon.
I just completed my 16-week training period with a slow and easy 2.80 mile run. That run put me at 680 total miles for the 16 weeks. I averaged 42.5 miles a week for that entire period.
I’m in my mid-fifties, but those 680 miles were the most I ever ran in any training period. My previous high came way back in 2007 as I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon. I did 674 miles in training that year.Continue reading “TOMORROW!!!”
250 Consecutive Days!
“One day I won’t believe I was able to do this, but right know I do believe – and because of that I am going to keep on going.” – Me
A number of years ago, I had a great idea. I had decided that was going to run every single day for an entire calendar year. That was 2017. Full of desire, focus, determination, and commitment, I made it all the way to January 4.Continue reading “250 Consecutive Days!”
Well, I did it. Finally. Amazingly. I did it.
Quick quiz, what is the significance of 24,901?
Before I give you the answer, I need to go back to the beginning… at least the beginning of when I began to keep track of such trivial things, 1992.Continue reading “24,901”
#44 On The 44th Thinking About #44
My favorite football memory of all-time is of my favorite football player of all-time running and running and running in Super Bowl XVII.
I’m talking about John Riggins and his amazing performance against the Miami Dolphins that day.
In that game, John Riggins carried the ball 38 times for 166 yards, and one touchdown. That touchdown came on his famous fourth down run where he broke through the defense and ran 43 yards for the score. It’s my favorite football moment of all time.
One day I’d like to meet John Riggins and thank him for that memory. I replay that game in my mind often. Never have I enjoyed such happiness watching a football game.
John Riggins wore uniform #44
Today is the 44th day of the year.Continue reading “#44 On The 44th Thinking About #44”
2016 was a long time ago.
I was still in my forties, barely, by most measures, but I was still there. I turned 48 that year.
2016 was the last year that I was able to accumulate 1,000 running miles in a calendar year. In the immediate years before 2016, I started breaking down, started having multiple running injuries.
But, still I ran. On and on. As I always hope to.
After reaching 1,000 miles in 2016, I was unable to make that mark again. I pushed my body as best I could. I still worked out every day, or almost every day, but I couldn’t maintain high mileage weeks or months.
And, in January 2020, almost two years ago now, I went under the knife to repair the tears in my right Achilles tendon. (The tears in my tendon had led to the tears in my eyes as I pushed and tried to struggle through an injury that just wasn’t going to heal on its own.)
I have chronicled the surgery and its aftermath on these pages time and again.
The surgery went well. The physical therapy went well. And I found myself getting stronger and stronger, day by day, week by week, and month by month.
Well, today I reached a milestone. A big milestone. Huge, if you ask me.
Today, after I ran a nice solid (and somewhat fast for me) seven-miler (57:44), I once again reached the thousand-mile mark. 2021 has been a success. It’s been a great success. Huge, if you ask me.
It’s funny, I never had any doubt that I’d eventually get back and be the runner I used to be. I’m not there yet. I’m older and slower. I might never be as fast as I used to be again. (And that’s okay.) But I still want to be the guy that can run and run and run some more.
I want to be the guy that can reach 1,000 miles (and more) year after year after year.
I don’t ever want to stop.
I believe that in life we have to find ways, many ways, to push ourselves. We have to always strive to be more than we were and better than we are.
I took a big step back today.
I rejoined the thousand-mile club.
It’s great. And I feel great.
I can’t wait to see what 2022 brings.
(I’ll be working on a running book in 2022 that will be a completely original, motivational, and fun. Stay tuned!)
My 2021 New York City Marathon
NOTE – This article can also be found at Start Spreading the News.
Let me begin by saying that New York City, all five boroughs, are amazing, awesome, inspirational, supportive, and, just plain wonderfully great. I love all of it. Every person, every borough, every street… All of it.
New York is the greatest city in the world.
It just is.
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A Host of Numbers With One Week To Go…
In one week, exactly, from right now (as I write this), I’ll be on the streets of New York City running my favorite marathon, the one race that I often feel defines who I am. Somehow, a long time ago, I realized that the New York City Marathon is part of me, part of who I am at my core.
I cannot wait for next week to arrive, to be there, on the streets of New York, running, struggling, laughing, pushing, persevering, high-fiving, and probably even crying, as I push over the greatest 26.2 miles there are.
I love the noise, the crowds, the energy, the passion, the people, the police and firefighters. I love the volunteers. I love the Gatorade. The love the quiet of thousands of steps and the noise of the bands and sirens and cheers.
I love all of it.
My heart is racing just thinking of next week.
I love preaching at the religious services tent before the race, inspiring others. I love the smiles and the hugs and the “best wishes.”
I love Sinatra’s “New York, New York…”
I love it all.
I just finished what will be my last hard miles outside in advance of the marathon. I did four miles in 35:20. My last mile (yes, it was mostly downhill) was a blistering fast 8:06.
As I looked at these numbers I thought to so many other numbers that helped define my training and quest to get back to the streets of the greatest city in the world.
Here are some of the numbers:
662 – That’s how many days it has been since my Achilles Surgery on January 8, 2020
318.27 – The miles I have run the last 12 weeks since ramping up my training.
26.52 – My average weekly mileage the last 12 weeks.
2 – Number of 40+ mile weeks in my training
2 – Number of 20-mile runs I did this training cycle
843.57 – The number of miles I have run in 2021
30 – The amount of pounds I have lost since December 26, 2020
21 – The number of previous marathons I have run
7 – The number of NYC Marathons I have run
2002- The year I ran my first marathon (NYC in 4:20:47)
3:25:16 – My fastest marathon (Chicago, 2006)
4:47:47 – My slowest marathon (NYC 2018, Hey, I was injured…)
12 – The number of years since I last broke 4-hours in the marathon (yikes, I used to be fast)
13 – The number of years it’ll be after this year. (I’m stronger than I’ve been in more than a decade, maybe ever, but I’m not 4-hour marathon fast…yet!)
4:26:00 (approx.) – The average time I have run for my last seven marathons (dating back to 2011)
4:30:00 – The slowest I want my 2021 NYC Marathon to be
4:20:00 – The fastest I think I can be next week if everything goes right
10:18 – That’s the mile pace I’ll have to keep to reach a 4:30:00 marathon. I think I can do this.
5 – The number of boroughs in NYC. I love them all.
1,000,000 – The number of miles and marathons I plan to run before I tire of this crazy sport
1,000,000,000 – The amount of consecutive hours I’ll be smiling after I finish the race.
371 – The number of days until the 2022 NYC Marathon!!!
Thanks to my many readers and friends for all the inspiration and positivity you’ve shared with me. Your good words and optimism help me to keep moving forward. I hope I’ve inspired you back in some ways as well.
Never stop trying to be your best.
“It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
If I Can, So Can You!
I was never a gifted athlete.
I was often picked last for the sports teams on the playgrounds and even in gym class.
I never played varsity baseball (my favorite sport.)
I got cut from the freshman soccer team.
The only skill I really have is the ability to focus on a task, stay committed, and get the job done.Continue reading “If I Can, So Can You!”
Marathon Training Update, 2021
It will be three years since my last marathon when I step up to the (crowded) start in Staten Island for the 50th running of the New York City Marathon in November.
Three years and an Achilles surgery.
This will be, for me, Marathon Number 22 in all. It’ll be my eighth New York.
I love New York. And I love this race.Continue reading “Marathon Training Update, 2021”