After my New York City non-marathon experience I was really disappointed & changed my training plan from my scheduled INSANITY marathon training to a RevAbs / running hybrid. The first week after the failed NYC marathon I did RevAbs all week and ran 8 miles on the weekend. The next week I did RevAbs 3 days & ran 7 miles two of the days. That weekend I ran the Women's 1/2 Marathon in St. Petersburg, FL.
The Women's 1/2 Marathon was very interesting. Obviously I knew it was a race catered to women. I signed up to run it because of the great feedback my friend Mike had from leading a pace group the prior year. Jackie was running it too & I thought it would be a great race close to home & possibly a new 1/2 marathon PR. Little did I know that they corral the men that register for it in the last corral no matter their expected finish time. Also - it was quite obvious that the race organizers weren't thrilled to have men running their race. If that's the case, they should do what the IronGirl Clearwater race does & not allow men to register.
I lined up in the 1st corral - with the 1:45 pace team & was told by a race official to move to coral 5 & that it didn't matter my goal -- it was a women's race & I needed to start last. So I start walking back, but the corrals were packed and I only was able to walk to corral 2 before the National Anthem was being performed & I stopped to get ready to run. I started off the race strong and ended up catching up to the 1:45 pace team. Ran strong with them until mile 11 and then fell slightly back. The course was beautiful through Downtown St. Petersburg. I especially enjoyed running inside Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. My finish time was 1:45:44. Not a PR, but I'll take it.
If you are a woman looking for a beautiful course in a great city - I would definitely recommend the Women's Running 1/2 Marathon - St. Petersburg, FL. You can't beat the weather & scenery for late November!
After running the Women's Running 1/2 Marathon I went back to my RevAbs / running schedule although it was pretty much just RevAbs. I ran the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot 10k on Thanksgiving. Almost 18,000 people were out there running. Turkey Trot races are great to get the metabolism going before a big Thanksgiving meal. I didn't want to run the race too hard because I had the Space Coast Marathon coming up Sunday. I ran the 10k in 46:30.
The next run after Thanksgiving was the Space Coast Marathon. This would be marathon number 16 for me & I really didn't know what to expect. I had originally planned to run NYC for fun & use Space Coast for a training run / practice for Jacksonville Bank Marathon. My goal all year has been to PR my marathon time at the Jacksonville Bank Marathon. The night before the marathon I had dinner at the Apollo/Saturn V center at the Kennedy Space Center. The keynote speaker was Bart Yasso & if you haven't read his book "My Life on the Run" pick it up. He has many great running stories to tell & it is definitely worth the read. I decided last minute I would run with the 3:45 pace team at Space Coast & see what happens. The weather for the marathon was great. I felt strong starting off the race - however - my stomach had other plans. I ended up making three costly pit stops during the marathon. This caused me to lose the pace team and run my own race. No PR. But I was still able to finish in 3:55. So 3 put stops, mental torture and only a loss of 10 minutes & still sub 4 hours? I'll take it. I'm definitely looking forward to running the Jacksonville Bank Marathon December 16. I hope to run around a 3:40 marathon.
Now I'm back in training mode. It looks like I'll be running 1/2 marathons the next two weekends. Then back to the marathon distance with Jacksonville Bank.
I'll continue to mix INSANITY & RevAbs into my training. Let me know if you would like any of the FREE INSANITY marathon training programs
My INSANE marathon training for NYC came to an end last week. I was tapering down for the NYC marathon and couldn't have been more excited! The last 4 years I have been dreaming about running the NYC marathon and this was going to be my year. Well, we all know the end result of this story by now. Obviously life had other plans and my dream of the New York City marathon is on hold. Living in Florida I definitly understand the effect a hurricane can have on a community. I live right on Tampa Bay, and if a hurricane hit Tampa I am sure it would be devistating. My only gripe about NYC before I move on is that it should have been canceled before Friday evening. I received notice about the cancelation from friends and family via facebook and text messages as I was leaving the NYC marathon expo with bags and bags of souveniers, my bib, etc. It was very dissapointing to find out as soon as you are walking back to your hotel after being at the expo and getting pumped up for the event. I would have much rather had them cancel the event as soon as the hurricane hit. That way I could have been able to re-arrange my schedule, get refunds on most of the travel arrangements and use that towards running the NYC Marathon in a future year. The New York Road Runners do not have any answers as of now to what will happen next year. Will they open up the race to all 2012 runners? Will there be fees associated? Who knows. All I know is that my next marathon distance race will be the Space Coast Marathon on November 25, 2012 in Cocoa, FL. After that I have Jacksonville Bank Marathon and then Disney Goofy Challenge. I might sign up for the Clearwater Marathon, but I do not know for sure as of today. All that this means is INSANE marathon training has resumed!
One of the reasons I was especially bummed out about the canceleation of the NYC marathon is because I have already committed myself to the Berlin Marathon next year. Another World Marathon Major event held September 29, 2013. If I did NYC 2013 that would be two major races back to back, vacation, travel.... and who knows -- possible cancelations! I am excited to run in Germany. The Berlin marathon sounds like an amazing event and I am looking forward to running the 40th anniversary Berlin Marathon.
I purchaced another workout program recently to mix up my INSANE marathon trianing routine, RevAbs. I just started using it a few days ago and so far I have enjoyed the workouts. Some of the catch phrases in the videos seem a little cheesy but the ab workouts are no joke and I really want to concentrate more on my core area. A strong core creates a strong runner! I am going to incorporate RevAbs into my training from now until Jacksonville and will be updating this website with my review/results!
I wanted to leave this post with some photos of my NYC trip. On "marathon sunday" Jackie and I ran a 1/2 marathon around Central Park with thousands of other displaced runners. Enjoy the photos and if you have any interesting NYC Marathon stories feel free to leave a comment below with them!
I can't believe this week will be my final 20 miler before the NYC marathon! Training is definitely in full force - and the taper the next 3 weeks sounds amazing!
Since my last post I have completed two big races: The Disney Tower of Terror 10 mile run & the Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2 marathon. It was great to have the race day experience and run my long run 'faster' than my typical Saturday morning long run. However, because my body hates running in the heat and humidity (yes, I know I live in Florida!) my speed suffered.
The inaugural Disney Tower of Terror 10 mile run was awesome despite the humidity. I stayed at one of the Disney resorts & was transported to the start line in a fancy coach bus. I started off the run with some friends & pounded out the 10 miles so that I could enjoy the rest of the evening at the Hollywood Studios theme park. There is nothing quite like running a hot & humid 10 mile race and then jumping on the Tower of Terror and Aerosmith's Rock & Roller Coaster! The park was open until 3am - the race started at 10pm. The medal was awesome. Disney races are always 1st class. I am looking forward to attending Disney Marathon weekend.
The Jacksonville Marine Corps marathon was a great time too. I ran the Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2 last year and enjoyed the course & organization. I had some friends running it this year & it just happened to be the same weekend of the Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game. It was nice to run the same course 2 years in a row. The only downside was this year it was A LOT hotter than last year. One of the best parts about running in Jacksonville normally is that it usually is around 10 degrees cooler in Jacksonville than Tampa this time of the year. That was not the case this weekend. I ended up being right around the same finish time last year, but with the warmer weather I was happy with my result. I would definitely recommend this race to anyone looking for an early fall 1/2 in Florida.
INSANITY training is still going as planned. Every week getting in my INSANITY workouts coupled with running. Yesterday I finished Max Cardio Conditioning & Cardio Abs. Today I completed Max Cardio Circuit. Tomorrow I will be running 8 miles! The training never ends!
This week a new INSANITY program is being released - Thursday, October 11 in the late afternoon log onto InsaneMarathon.com or teambeachbody.com/jimblake and order INSANITY: The Asylum VOLUME 2! If you are too scared to try Volume 2 - Volume 1 is available NOW!
Let me know how your training is going. Keep digging deep! It's time for me to run along...
When do you get your long marathon training runs in? Living in Florida it is very hard to get in quality miles before the temperature becomes unbearable. Luckily starting in August and running through February there is a running club in Tampa called the Blue Sharks Running Team that meets at 5:30am for a 10 mile supported run. The organizer of the Blue Sharks, Fred, and some other volunteers set up free water and gatorade stops about every 2 miles. This group is my long run lifesaver! I know that I NEED to get up Saturday morning because my support group is out there running, there is fluids on route, and the group support helps push me to complete my miles. The only problem is the supported route is only 10 miles and like this past Saturday, my required mileage was well above 10. I needed to run 17 miles to be on track for NYC training.
So how did I get in my 17 miles? I set my alarm for 3:30am, didn't get out of bed until 3:45am - dressed, made two bottles of water. Made a to-go bottle of Energy & Endurance. Packed them in a mini cooler. Drove to Davis Islands and started running before the group run started. I was able to get in 4.5 miles on my own. Ran back to the marina started the 10 mile group run with the Blue Sharks. Ran most of those miles with Karen & Lindsay who are both also running the NYC Marathon. Watched one of the Carnival cruise ships come into port which is always fun to watch. After finishing the group run I went back out there and finished the extra milage with Karen. 17 miles done. I was exhausted. My average pace was not bad. The temperature was just over 80 degrees at 4am. Fun marathon training run in Florida!!How do you get in your long runs? Do you live in an environment where you have to beat the heat? Maybe there is another obstacle you have to deal with to get in your milage. What do you do to push though?One thing I tried differently during my long run was mixing together some Energy and Endurance to drink in between my 4.5, 10 and final miles. I used in in place of GU gel that I would typically consume. I had a favorable experience. No stomach problems or lack of energy. I still find E&E to work best for INSANITY workouts and 3-8 mile runs as the effects last for about one hour. Click the photo below to try out Energy & Endurance.
This week my training consists of 3 days of running 3 days of INSANITY and 1 rest day. If you haven't downloaded one of our INSANITY marathon (or 1/2) training programs what are you waiting for? As always I am here to help your succeed with your training and goals. Feel free to contact me at anytime. -James B.
It's already at the halfway point for my New York City Marathon training program. I am using a version of the InsaneMarathon.com intermediate marathon training program to prepare myself for the 26.2 mile race November 4, 2012. The only modifications I have made to the training have been to accommodate races. This weekend for example I will be running my long run on Labor Day instead of Saturday morning. This is because I will be in Chicago to see my family, including my just born, 1 month old nephew, Camden James (see photo below). I will be racing the Oakbrook 1/2 marathon in the western Chicago suburbs.
With the Florida heat it is hard to get in quality miles. I have been substituting some of my recent runs with the treadmill to get in the speed work needed. I hope that Chicago will provide some cooler weather this weekend - maybe I can finally break a 1:40 half marathon. We will see!
This week in Tampa the Republican National Convention is going on. I don't discuss politics, but I thought it would be interesting to do one of my runs this week Downtown Tampa. With all of the security, fences, police, homeland security, & everything else it made for a very interesting run! On a side note - Paul Ryan, the Republican VP hopeful, was quoted on TMZ saying that his workout routine consists of P90X and INSANITY. I thought that was interesting. Maybe he is a runner too? If so he should be following one of the Insane Marathon training plans! Check out the photos from my Downtown Tampa RNC run below!
There seems to be a lot of runners out there curious about INSANITY as well as INSANITY users that like to run but have no target race. I hope that my social media presence will allow them to find InsaneMarathon.com and get them on a program! If you are currently a runner and you have wanted to get yourself in better shape - please try Insanity - you won't regret it!!
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