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October 17, 2006

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Jennie

Good job Bill! We're proud of you!

Jennie

I still think you'd run faster if you let me chase you in my car!

Chase

Great job. I began running about a month ago and am thinking about runing a 5K. Is it a big step up to a 10K?

Bill

I guess for me it was. I only started two years ago and I've purposely taken it slow. I want to eventually run a marathon or beyond, but I'm letting myself work up to it gradually.

One of the hardest things for me, in the beginning, was learning to run slow enough!

Chase

I am trying to pace myself well and build up speed, but this thus far seems to be a slow process.

Bill

It can be frustrating. That's why I like to keep a journal. That way I can see my progress over the long haul. I know some people don't like to keep a journal because they think it takes the fun out of it. For me, it's part of the fun!

ken

I like to run because I find it restful and quiet (mentally, the voices in my head have a hard time keeping up). Unfortunately, my running is sporadic, at best right now.

What training plan are you following? I would be interested to see it sometime.

Bill

I use this tool. You input a previous race time, how long you want to train, and what you want to train for. One thing I change, however, is to make my long runs slower. For runs over 6 or 7 miles, I will take at least one walking break, which slows down my overall average pace. This training calculator will give you a range of paces for your long runs, which I find more helpful than the chart the other calculator will give you.

Christian Cable

Bill,

Congratulations! I too love running although I'm not that fast. For me the appeal of running is that it releases my mind to think thoughts that I generally don't during a busy day.

I sometimes run with the iPOD, other times with just the conversation in my heart and head. Great job on your kilometerstone - - I appreciate you sharing it.

Christian

Christian Cable

I noticed your "now reading" - - are you enjoying Ultramarathon Man? I found it fascinating and stayed up "past bedtime" several nights to finish it!

Bill

I enjoyed it a lot. I find it encouraging that he started at 30, only a few years younger than me.

Did you know about his attempt to run 50 marathons in in 50 states in 50 days? He's on day 33 today. You can read more about it here.

deborah

I used to run cross country in high school. To me, 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days sounds like it should be over in the "Some things are just stupid" post. To each his own. :)

Bill

lol...This is the guy to do it, though. He's known for running to the starting line of marathons. He has completed a 199 mile race that is designed to be run as a relay by teams of people...he does it by himself!

deborah

I remember him from a while back, when he was first gaining publicity. It seems that he is running more and more. Maybe it is better than sitting in a bar, like when he turned 30. I guess I have three questions, with his schedule, how does he stay involved in the lives of his children? When he ran out of that bar what was he running from? Has he found anything worth running to?

Christian Cable

Deborah,

I had similar questions when I read. One thing he ran from was infidelity. He made the right choice on that right in that regard. I had more trouble with restlessness at 30 than I expect to have at 40. Men are likely more vulnerable to a "1/3 life crisis" than a true "midlife crisis."

What is he running to? It does not appear to be God. His story is fascinating as he has defined and pushed the boundary of human endurance, but your questions are insightful.

Christian

deborah

I can't really relate. Sometimes it seems you guys (men in general) will take any opportunity to have a crisis.

Bill

The other thing he talks about as a motivation is the death of his sister when she was a teenager.

Putting spiritual issues and crises aside, I think he also does this stuff due to basic human curiosity. He talks about that often in the book -- wanting to see how far he can go. I can relate to that. It's a certain desire for adventure...and a particularly painful kind of adventure at that!

Chase

I might consider running 50 yards in 50 states in 50 days, I wonder how a human body makes it through what he is attempting. We will see.

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