In The Long Run

If you’re looking to learn more about running, and have ever had a fascination or just wondered what makes ultramarathoners tick, you’ll get a chance to ask one of the best during the 2010 Fargo Marathon.

In an announcement in the marathon’s newsletter, race officials said Dean Karnazes will be one of the featured speakers during marathon weekend in May.

In part, here’s what the newsletter says about Karnazes:

"He has challenged almost every known endurance limit. He has run through Death Valley’s Floor during the hottest days of summer and has captured the title of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon. He ran the first and only marathon at the South Pole in -40 temperatures. He ran 350 miles without sleeping. He also set and achieved the goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states (the Fargo Marathon route on Day 11)… in 50 consecutive days.

Now Dean Karnazes is returning to Fargo for the 2010 Fargo Marathon to share his message of inspiration to all… about endurance, motivation and life."

Read more about the marathon by clicking here. You can also visit Karnazes’ Web site here.

My morning didn’t start out so good as I hoped to log some miles both before and after work. It was one of those days when I just couldn’t move. I felt paralyzed and didn’t have the motivation to run. So the plan is to make up for it tonight with a longer daily workout – outside. I’m not ready to give into the treadmill, but I could change my mind pretty quick depending on how tonight goes.

In The Long Run

Since the end of the marathon nearly two weeks ago, I’ve enjoyed just going for some 4-5 mile runs and getting back to what makes this sport fun. And I’ve also enjoyed eating some of the foods I gave up – especially in the last month of preparations – for the marathon.

Now that the marathon is over, my definition of long run is different. Instead of 18-20 miles, my long runs are likely to be 12-14 miles. And I’m excited that I’m heading out for one of those runs in a few minutes.

With the holiday season around the corner, it will be as important as it ever has been to stay on course with my running plan and eat smart. With a lofty goal looming next spring, even little things can make a difference now.