About These Shoes

When I started writing on this blog, I was attempting to chronicle the 4 month training journey from half marathoner to marathoner. In January 2012, I completed the Miami Marathon. Jumping back in is always a struggle, especially if you are coming back from injuries. But I find putting my thoughts into words seems to help.

Since then, I’ve had the benefit of many amazing journeys and stories to tell, from running the Marine Corps Marathon to score my first Boston Qualifying time to running the 2015 Boston Marathon. It’s been an adventure, full of odd stories, day to day struggles, and memories that still bring a tear to my eyes. Now I simply try to stay up with turning those experiences into words, as I chase other goals.

You’ll see a mix of topics here; whatever may come to mind.

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2 thoughts on “About These Shoes

  1. Very inspirational!! I love running, its the best thing ever!! 🙂 Helps me to relax and de-stress!!
    Currently im training to run a half marathon, which is going…. ok. Ive had to take a bit of break from running long distances as my feet have been covered in blisters, and got a bit of knee injury (which sucks.) but ive been doing other forms of traning, and now im slowly getting back into running again (3-4 times a week!) WOuld be great if you had any good tips on how to train for a half marathon? Currently my furthest run is 18km… but i havent been able to run a full 21 km yet..?
    And good luck for training for your full marathon!! (Im hoping one day i can run a full marathon!!) 🙂

    • Exactly why I like it to. When is your half marathon?

      If I just gave a couple bits of advice, my biggest one would be to listen to your body. If you’re not feeling well or up to a run, take a day off. It’ll help you more mentally and physically to take a day off and come back stronger than to suffer from having a bad run. The second is that you don’t necessarily have to run the full 21KM beforehand if you don’t want to.

      I did one run before my first half marathon of about 22km. Otherwise, I just did 16-18km on a regular basis and tried to improve my time. If you’re training regularly, that 2-3km difference won’t bother you too much on race day. Getting in a 16-18km run once a week will build up your body and endurance.

      Also, just a suggestion, try getting a pair of socks like Injinji (that’s the brand). They’re toe socks. I use them when I do long runs for marathon training because they reduce the number of blisters I get. They’re a slightly thicker material than traditional running socks and separating the toes with fabric causes less friction to create blisters. I won’t guarantee it working, but it helped me so it may help you too.

      Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them or point you in the right direction. Thanks and good luck on your half marathon!

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