Monday, April 04, 2005

Running a Marathon

It has been a while since either of us posted. I am just too lazy, but I am not sure what Ashley's excuse is. I started this thinking she would be busy updating it all the time, but I guess not. She was going to post the other day, but got sidetracked and I guess forgot about it. So, bug her about it. Demand pictures of the young ones.

I decided last week that I am going to run in the Twin Cities Marathon on October 2nd of this year. I found an 18-week program online that outlines how to go about building up to that kind of mileage and I decided to go for it. I will begin my training on May 31st. The interesting thing is that the beginning few weeks are actually below what I run now. Also, I will be slowing down my current pace to a 10-minute mile in order to have any hope of getting to 26 miles. What this means is that the first few weeks of the marathon training will be a slight vacation for me since I am used to running farther at faster speeds. In fact, on Saturday I ran 5 miles doing a mile in 7:30. The farthest I had run that fast before was 4 miles.

The way the training works is that you take Monday off, run smaller distances Tuesday through Thursday, have Friday off, run a longer distance on Saturday, and then cross train on Sunday (where you do some exercise besides running). I am still going to try to improve my speed from now until I start the marathon training and I need to find a 5K race to go run in soon, so I can see what an actual race is like.

Star Wars fever is starting to rise around the Barr household. The new toys came out and I bought Kieran a few action figures. I also got him the Lego Star Wars game and he has enjoyed playing that. We watched the new Clone Wars cartoon together and watched Return of the Jedi. He has been running around the house humming the Imperial March, so I think he is set. I took him to see Episode II when he was 3, but I doubt he really remembers it. I think this movie will stick with him more since he is older and he should have a great time.

I took Kieran and Chloe to the park right by our house yesterday and let Chloe sit in the grass while Kieran and I kicked the soccer ball around. Chloe had a blast watching the ball and tearing the grass out of the ground. She tried to eat some, of course, but I think I did an admirable job of stopping her. She is lucky she is so darned cute....

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Blogger Memere Kitty said...

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Blogger Memere Kitty said...

Ah, Jason, it seems like only yesterday that your Dad and I took you to see the original Stars Wars. And so was born the crazed geek you are today.

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