Day 22 – Mom’s power cookies

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, Daily nutrition for marathon training, keeping myself and my brothers fed when we were growing up was no easy task. One thing my Mom always used to make for us was Power Cookies. As a hearty cookie with a lot staying power, they made a great second breakfast after a morning swim practice and were good for eating in between swims at at a meet. I haven’t had.. Read More

Day 23 – Daily nutrition for marathon training

Having been involved in competitive sports for most of my life, I started the marathon training program with a pretty good understanding of the importance of maintaining proper nutrition while taking part in high-volume or high-intensity training. Growing up I was a competitive swimmer and by the time I was in junior high I was training 5-7 times a week. That volume of training, in addition to being a growing teenager meant that.. Read More

Day 27 – Training-life balance

When setting goals and taking on new challenges in life, we all start out with the best intentions. But after you begin the training, or studying or planning required to reach your goal, it always seems that the process of getting there takes longer than we thought it would. While I believe any goal worth having is one that requires a lot of time and effort, time can often be the biggest obstacle to.. Read More

When the hardest thing to do is nothing

It was bound to happen sooner or later but I am currently working through my first big setback in my training journey. The challenge came in the form of what I thought was a nasty cold that took me off my feet for almost all of last week. Turns out it was an infection in my chest, which would explain why it just wouldn’t go away!