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][useful_banner_manager_banner_rotation banners=64, 62, 38, 53 interval=8 width=120 height=600 orderby=rand]

 

 

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

August

September 2021

October
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
Events for September

1st

No Events
Events for September

2nd

Events for September

3rd

Events for September

4th

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for September

5th

Events for September

6th

No Events
Events for September

7th

No Events
Events for September

8th

No Events
Events for September

9th

No Events
Events for September

10th

No Events
Events for September

11th

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for September

12th

No Events
Events for September

13th

No Events
Events for September

14th

No Events
Events for September

15th

No Events
Events for September

16th

No Events
Events for September

17th

No Events
Events for September

18th

No Events
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for September

19th

No Events
Events for September

20th

No Events
Events for September

21st

No Events
Events for September

22nd

No Events
Events for September

23rd

No Events
Events for September

24th

No Events
Events for September

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
Events for September

26th

No Events
Events for September

27th

No Events
Events for September

28th

No Events
Events for September

29th

No Events
Events for September

30th

No Events

National Guard Athletes

Rose Munoz

An educator, triathlete, mother and Guardsman all in one! The ever active Rose Munoz almost never stops moving, but she’s found a way to balance her busy life while serving from home!

 

Polls

Do you agree with the Executive Order which has halted sporting practices as well as forced postponement of IIAAG and ISA Leagues?

View Results

COMING SOON …

IIAAG & ISA Leagues Postponed (schedules on events calendar)

Guam’s Strongest Man & Woman Competition

QUICK HITS

Captain Morgan: In his fifth pro season in the Japan Professional Basketball League, Morgan Aiken has been named the captain of the Yamaguchi Patriots.
“I’m blessed to officially be voted & named team captain for this season, year 5. Been such a long road, but trust me when I tell you hard work pays off.”
—————————————-
Josh Calvo captures black belt middleweight gold in The Revolution Tournament in Washington. It’s the biggest jiu-jitsu tournament in the Pacific Northwest region.

 

 

 

More in GSPN