“8 Stages of Marathon Running” from BuzzFeedVideo

Ah, yes, the different stages of running a long distance race. When I ran the Baltimore Marathon in 2005, I remember feeling pretty good about it in the first few miles of that crazy adventure. Then, around the halfway point, I thought I was going to die. But then I powered through and felt like I was going to die at mile 20. The last clear memory I have of that race is somewhere about mile 25, when someone yelled at me that I should party like it was 1999. You see, 1999 was my bib number.

After that, I don’t remember much until I woke up in the medical tent and I was taken to an emergency room for rehydration. I had finished, apparently. They gave me a medal. I have a finishing time. But I don’t remember it much.

That’s why I find this video hilarious. If you’re a runner who’s run a marathon (or even a half marathon), you’ll appreciate this:

“The Science of Marathon Running” from “It’s Okay To Be Smart”

Here’s an interesting discussion on marathon running. I ran my first and only marathon in 2005 in Baltimore. It was my 26.2 miles on my 26th year project. Now, almost ten years later, I plan to run another one as my 26.2 miles on my 36th year. According to the following video, humans were built for running. Our ancestors who could run for long distances could go further for sustenance. Thus, their genes were passed on to us.

Makes sense, right?

My wife gets annoyed that I can go out the door and go for a 5-mile run/jog/walk with no problems. That’s about my limit right now. I’d need to train for longer distances. And that is another thing that annoys her. I’ve gotten myself in a lot of trouble (like, a lot) for not preparing well enough to run long distances. So I’ll be doing a program of easing into longer distances than five miles.

We’ll see how it goes.