Asthma and marathon training updates

It’s generally been a rough couple of months on the asthma front. This disease has been kicking my butt. Seems like I’ve been sick more often than not. A couple weeks ago I started flaring again pretty severely, and, as a result, had to up my prednisone to 50mg for a few days. The prednisone […]

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Most recent Milestones: Milestone #4 Occurred yesterday. See the odometer above? Since beginning this blog in the summer of 2005, Ive walked just over 4,000 miles. That equates to an average of about 83 miles that Ive walked every single month, for 4 years in a row. Not bad when you consider that the average […]

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Happy to be training again.

I’M TRAINING FOR A MARATHON ….well actually a half marathon, but it’s so nice to hear those words again. Hard to believe it’s been almost 5 months since Ive done any serious distance walking . To be honest with you, since the LSDs, I’m gonna try to increase the number of 5- mile baseline walks […]

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Change of plans

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Last Saturday I did my first post-hospital semi long training walk for the new racing season, but it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. I was pretty much breathless the entire distance and had to terminate the walk at mile 7 instead of mile 8 as planned. Since […]

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Walk kind of walker are you?

Just as runners come in a variety of flavors (joggers, runners, sprinters, hurdlers, marathoners, ultramarathoners, etc.),not all walkers are alike. They also come in an assortment of flavors. ( Marciatori Racewalking Track… Circa 1900 ) (Italy’s Ugo Frigerio wins the 10-kilometer race walk at the 1924 Olympics) By definition, “walking” requires one foot to be […]

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I eat 10 milers for Breakfast

Today I did my first 11 miler (actually 10.8) of this training session and I think it went pretty well. I did a combination of regular walking and slow racewalking , finishing in just under 3 hours , which is just about right for this distance on a slow walk. My body has become so […]

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Marathon training starts now

With my health kinda all over the place and now with the crummy weather , it’s been really tough to set an official start date for the Rome marathon training. Well, on Saturday morning in between storms ,I finally took the plunge and completed my first semi long slow distance training walk of the season. […]

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Yes…I still racewalk, but

While it’s true that Ive cut way back on my walking in general (my mileage total is way down compared to last year), I do in fact, still racewalk on a regular basis. I try to get out at least twice a week on the Carquinez bridge if I’m feeling up to it…. plus I […]

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A week of experimentation…..and more confused than ever

Since no one seems to know why Ive been getting so sick, so frequently lately , and since there’s a tendency to blame walking as a trigger,  I decided to do a little experimenting to see if I could find a link between taking long walks, and my breathing flare-ups. Last Saturday just 4 days […]

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Typical day on the bridge

It’s been a while since I updated my racewalking clips for this blog. For one reason or another, I haven’t been able to do as much racewalking as I’d like to, but lungs permitting, I intend to play catch-up . Here’s some bits and pieces of my routine fitness walking/racewalking workout on the Al Zampa […]

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Who woulda thought

< This morning’s routine 5 miler put me over the 1000 mile mark for the total number of fitness miles walked since the first of the year. Lets see, that’s the equivalent of: 38 Marathons 76 Half Marathons 166 10Ks 334 5Ks 7 Badwaters San Francisco to Las Vegas Roundtrip Not bad for a broken […]

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Fellow Bloggers know Best

Thanks, Vickie, Anita , Annette , Lora and Rick ..for caring enough to leave comments on my last post. I want you guys to know that I always take to heart , the advice you offer (though it doesn’t always sink in right away,) What you said this time, makes perfect sense. I don’t know […]

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Pre-race jitters

In the less than five days I will be attempting another half marathon– my 4th one! There are a couple of things that make this one special; First of all, I’ve trained my ass off for it, more so than for any of the previous races. Despite all of the yellow and red breathing days […]

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