Connect with us

GSPN

MANDELL’S RUNNING ‘ANSWERS’

[sixcol_five_last]

By Derek Mandell

To break up the monotony that my training stories may produce, this week’s segment features a different angle…followed by the same old training stories in my quest to run my first marathon at the Guam International Marathon. Enjoy.

Derek Mandell (yellow shirt and 'short shorts') jump starts the Hafa Marathon where he finished in first place. (courtesy photo)

Derek Mandell (yellow shirt and ‘short shorts’) jump starts the Hafa Marathon where he finished in first place. (courtesy photo)

The Runner’s Bond

Becoming a “runner” is a simple process that involves putting on athletic clothing, running shoes and having a strong sense of determination, regardless of what type of running goals you have. Whether your goal is to adopt a healthier lifestyle, finish a certain race distance, or win a shiny-looking medal, we runners all share a common bond. The bond I speak of is experiencing, of course, the dreaded questions and comments that all runners encounter on a weekly (or sometimes daily) basis.

In no particular order or sense of organization, the following are the most common questions and comments runners have encountered at some point in life. As a bonus, I provide some safe responses a runner can give and what they may actually be thinking.

Comment: “You run (insert number) miles??? I don’t even drive that far!”
Safe response: “Oh, I’m just trying to reach a goal; it’s necessary!”
…but thinking: “This is a sad day in the automotive industry.”

Question: “What do you think about when you run?”
Safe response: “Breathing, maintaining a steady pace, and focusing on my running form.”
…but thinking: “Fish Fish McBytes McBytes, Fish Fish McBytes McBytes, Fish Fish McBytes McBytes…FISHAY FISHAYYY!”

Comment: “Run, Forrest, Run!”
Safe response: “HA-HA.”
…but thinking: “At least they aren’t making fun of my shorts.”

and of course:

Question/Comment: “Who wears short, shorts?”
Safe response: “…”
…but thinking: “Bad choice, Derek. Bad, bad, choice.”

Back to Business

After reaching a milestone in training, it becomes more difficult to duplicate the efforts; if it was easy it wouldn’t be called a milestone. I must admit that training for the Guam International Marathon is a lot tougher than I initially thought. Training for a marathon is entirely different than training for the 800m and 1500m runs, and I’m learning that quickly.

The week after completing the 101-mile week, I dropped back down to 80 miles. The week after that it rose again, but not quite 100. Then back down to 80, and so on and so forth. The beauty of having a flexible training plan is that you can adapt to how your body feels throughout the week and allow yourself to recover properly. However, the work still needs to be done.

A quick excerpt from last week’s training log:

Saturday-
AM: 5 miles;

PM: Open Track meet at JFK hosted by the Guam Track and Field Association  (2km XC run, 200m sprint, and 800m run) My 800m time of 2:10.79 was my slowest 800m time in long time. The past two years I would average under 2 minutes for the entire track season. Moral of the story is that my goal for this season is to run a fast marathon and need to focus on that.

Sunday-
AM: Gate to Gate 21 Miler, hosted by the Guam Running Club. The course starts at the Taco Bell near Big Navy and finishes by the front gate of Andersen AFB. Yes, you run the entirety of Marine Corps Drive. Yes, I know you don’t even drive that far.

PM: 5 miles. I wanted to be able to write down that I ran 26 miles in one day. Only I know it took two different runs…

If you’ve read this far down, thank you for your support. You win a picture of my black toenail. Stay active and wear shoes that fit. See you next time.

Derek's running 'black toe'. (photo by Derek Mandell)

Derek’s running ‘black toe’. (photo by Derek Mandell)

Derek’s Marathon Prep I

Derek’s Marathon Prep II

[fbshare url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/runningtrack/mandell-has-running-answers/ ‎” type=”button”] [fblike url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/runningtrack/mandell-has-running-answers/ ‎” style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]

[/sixcol_five_last]

 

 

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

September

October 2019

November
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
Events for October

1st

Events for October

2nd

No Events
Events for October

4th

Events for October

5th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Events for October

6th

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

GNYFF

Events for October

7th

No Events
Events for October

8th

No Events
Events for October

9th

No Events
Events for October

10th

Events for October

12th

13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Events for October

13th

Events for October

14th

No Events
Events for October

15th

Events for October

16th

Events for October

17th

No Events
Events for October

18th

Events for October

19th

20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Events for October

20th

No Events
Events for October

21st

No Events
Events for October

23rd

No Events
Events for October

24th

No Events
Events for October

25th

Events for October

26th

27
28
29
30
31
1
2
Events for October

27th

No Events
Events for October

28th

No Events
Events for October

29th

No Events
Events for October

30th

No Events
Events for October

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

Bodybuilder Bikini Champion Jeralyn Mesa

Polls

Who's got the best chance to win the Girls IIAAG Volleyball Title this year?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Former FD Friar running back De’Aundre Cruz is playing a new role in his first year of college football for the Southwestern Jaguars at Linebacker.

COMING SOON …

– FIFA: Guam vs. Syria Oct. 15

– High school playoffs

– High School Football All-Star Draft

– NFL Week 7:  Steelers bye

 

QUICK HITS

Wayne Blas runs a new PR in the Army 10-Miler in Washington D.C. in a time of 54:07.

 

 

—————————————————-

Miyuu Yamamoto drops a tough 2nd round TKO bout in Rizin 19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in GSPN