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About runninginspired

I’m in my mid-40s and have been running for about 19 years. I have finished 24 marathons with a personal best time of 3:04. I currently reside in San Diego, CA. I enjoy running since it keeps you honest and will give back what you put into it. Work hard, but smart, and good results will eventually follow. I like to experiment with training plans, gadgets, shoes, and nutrition to find what works for me. The primary purpose of this blog is to document my training and thoughts about running in my ongoing quest to improve my fitness and health.

Plan for Next Half Marathon

My next race is the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon on December 28th.  It is only 5 weeks away, so I’ve decided not to put a formal training plan together.  Instead, I will run 3 to 4 times a week … Continue reading

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Race Report: 2014 Silver Strand Half Marathon

Time:  1:52:48 Overall:  351 / 1,647 Division (M 40-44):  37 / 89 Gender (M):  244 / 765 My sole goal going into this half marathon was just to finish and avoid any setbacks from a lingering knee injury.  I figured if I … Continue reading

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Sleep

I think we can all agree that sleep is an important component to good health.  However, I think it is much more important than most people realize.  I’ve found that I’m a much better and different person in all areas … Continue reading

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2014 Silver Strand Half Marathon Training Update (Week 10 of 11)

My left knee (MCL) is improving but begins to hurt about 30 to 45 minutes into a run.  This was better than the last two weeks, when the pain started about 15 to 20 minutes into a run.  I switched … Continue reading

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Heath vs Fitness

About a month and a half ago, after reading The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Dr. Philip Maffetone and beginning to make a daily habit of reading Mark’s Daily Apple blog, I’ve started to focus primarily on my overall … Continue reading

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2014 Silver Strand Half Marathon Training Update (Week 9 of 11)

I tried running again today, but the MCL in my left knee began hurting 3 miles into the run and I decided to stop.  I thought with a week of rest, it would get better, but I still seem to … Continue reading

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2014 Silver Strand Half Marathon Training Update (Weeks 4 through 8 of 11)

It’s been five weeks since I last posted. The reason is due to being very busy at work during the end of September, followed by a two week vacation to Japan. As a result, my training has suffered and I’m … Continue reading

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2014 Silver Strand Half Marathon Training Update (Week 3 of 11)

Not a great week of training. Been extremely busy and stressed at work, which seems to bleed into every other facet of my overall well being. I notice when I’m stressed, my motivation and focus to train hard is not … Continue reading

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2014 Silver Strand Half Marathon Training Update (Week 2 of 11)

Solid week of training.  Completed all my planned runs for a total of 28 miles, although the my pace and splits have been relatively slow.  I think this is primarily due to taking some time off from running a while … Continue reading

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2014 Silver Strand Half Marathon Training Update (Week 1 of 11)

I started running again this week after taking a full two weeks off. The first couple runs earlier in the week felt a little off, but I felt great during this morning’s longer run. Taking the time off from running … Continue reading

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