Marathon Training

This is the third year I’ve singed up for the Colfax Marathon, but it will only be the second year I ran it. Two years ago I had every intention on starting my second open marathon, but my stomach had other plans. A nasty intestinal virus kept me from training and led to my first DNS.

Last year I focused on other disciplines, but this year I’m back to conquer the marathon. After spraining my ankle in December, I wasn’t sure how may training would go. I was able to get back to running quickly, but missed the first few weeks of my training plan.

Currently I’m two weeks out from the race and I’m feeling good. I’ve had a great build the last couple weeks, but I feel like I’m lacking some miles. I just ran a marathon simulation on Sunday. I ran 20 miles at an average of 8:30 pace. This puts me on track for my last marathon pace. Ideally I’ll be able to push a little more on race day.

The marathon distance scares me, it’s a long race that hurts. Not only durning the race, but also the aftermath. So why do I keep coming back? Because I have something to prove!

I have tow goals when it comes to the marathon, one it qualify for Boston. The other to be able to run a decent marathon in an IRONMAN. I realized early on that these challenges are not easy to accomplish. So that’s why I keep coming back.


Growing up in Colorado you can't help but love the outdoors. Something magical happens with 300 days of sunshine and the Rocky Mountains in your back yard. My athletic endeavors started on the bike, I would get out and ride whenever I could. In 2011 I moved to Oxford, England for work. I missed the sunshine and mountains, but discovered my passion for running. When I moved back to Colorado I started combining cycling and running, so it was only natural that I started competing in triathlons. I took second place at my first sprint, and caught the bug. Today I'm training for my fourth Ironman.

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