Beginning a New Marathon Training Season

Training for the Surf City Marathon: Session #1

I haven’t done much running since I ran the San Francisco Marathon in 2012. I would say, “I’m out of shape and over weight.”

So here goes. Today is the beginning of a new running and weight loss season. My goal is to run the Surf City Marathon in 5 hours and lose 8 pounds.

I’m so out of shape that I’m starting with the bare basics of walking. The outside temp is 18 degrees so I began with a 20 minute brisk walk on the treadmill at a 12.9 minute mile pace. Right now I’m not trying to set a PR, I’m just trying to build up my stamina. So it doesn’t matter how far I walked in 20 minutes. If someone just has to know, then figure it out mathematically. I’m just not posting distances right now. That will come later. I guess we can call this Pre-Training.

The Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon, “California’s Classic Oceanfront Marathon” will be held February 1, 2015 and starts in Huntington Beach, California and touches Seal Beach and Newport Beach. More information about the marathon can be found at their website:

So starting date is today, November 17, 2014.

Two goals:
1. Run a 5 hour marathon
2. Lose 8 pounds


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

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Cross Training for Runners

Highly considering the fact that runners need to cross train.  In that vein I’ve decided to join a class called “Urban Fit.”  I’ve chosen this class over other classes around the Tulsa area due to the fact of convenience and the body’s need for cross training and strength development.  All this in hopes of improving my running time.  Tomorrow will be my first day to try it out.

The meeting location is only 5-7 minutes from home depending on traffic. 


It’s being held in the Blue Dome district of the downtown area.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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Gorgeous Day for a Jog with The Dog

The day was gorgeous in Tulsa yesterday. Took my pomeranian for a 2 mile jog. It felt good-the warmth of the sunshine and the exercise.

Warmth, sunshine, and endorphins make me feel happy.

Warmth and heat has health and healing benefits. It increases the circulation and is used in compresses to help heal injuries. It can lessen arthritic pain.

It’s a proven fact that sunshine can calm your nerves and elevate your mood. It also helps set our internal clocks which controls our wake-sleep cycle. It can also improve mood and help regulate hormones. Exposure to sunlight can help synthesize Vitamin D. It wards off the effects of Seasonal Affective disorder which improves mood.

Endorphins are released during intense exercise and can produce feelings of exhilaration and can ward off depression and stress.

So there you have it. Now you know why warmth, sunshine, and endorphins make me feel happy.