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Febuary 8, 2006

I am about to begin training for my 4 th marathon. A task that I look forward to with great expectations and great anxiety. My biggest hope is that I avoid another injury like last years stress fracture.

Running 26.2 miles is not as much of a daunting event as people think. Well maybe to run it in under 3 hours is but to run it at my speed it is not. Of course if you try it without preparation than it would be daunting. However that's no different than jumping into a pool and swimming the length of the pool. If you don't practice you will not make to the end. Not much different than just living a normal life when you think about it.

People ask me how I can run for hours and not be bored. I usually ask those people how they can keep whacking a little white ball for hours and not be bored. Running is just like everything else, pretty much what one wants it to be.

On my runs I have serious discussions about a whole gambit of stuff. Heck I have solved so many world problems while running that we might just want to get rid of the UN and broadcast my discussions. Than there are my conversations with the people who are in the heavens above. Those conversations usually occur towards the end of my runs and I need strength to finish. It's nice to have people who I can rely on. The one good thing about the conversations is that they are quite intelligent conversations.

Then there is all the stuff to see and observe while I am out running. The shapes and conditions of the various road kill can be fascinating. Occasionally I see some nifty landscaping ideas in case I get the urge to do that rather than run. Once in a while I see a pretty sight along the road and than I remember the pretty one at home. There are an infinite number of things to see.

So when I tell you I am going to go for a run just nod and say have a good one. No need to say enjoy it because that will be a given. Feel free to join me anytime as long as you think you can keep up. I am not talking speed; I am talking about intelligent conversation.

Have a good day.


I am impressed. I read the entire thing. You are living a very busy and fruitful life. I am in agreement with most of your views regarding the media. The media has skewed the news, and has even let to some people overriding plain old common sense. Hopefully the populace isn't as easily swayed as it sometimes seems. The lack of understanding of basic economics, history and civics is really worrysome to me.
I wouldn't follow that Beardsley plan to the T. Make sure you deviate from it regarding the part where he got hit by a car on one of his training runs. Think it was at night. I can see you are enjoying grandfatherhood greatly. From my view grandchildren are the best of all possible worlds. We just got a new grandaughter this morning. Mom is doing fine and so it the baby. This makes #4. (3 girls 1 boy)
Don't worry about that AAA team. You have lots of good players and it is a very long season. Good luck.