The joy is in the journey

When I began the process of becoming a long distance runner, I was struck by the lack of information of what the journey entailed, and I was shocked by the pervasive urban myths and old wives tales that surround marathon running. This site not only chronicles my journey, but will attempt to bring you what I have found to actually work for the beginning distance runner. If you are an elite runner, you are very welcome here, and I thank you for visiting, but this site really isn't targeted at you. It exists to help those, who were like me - an out over shape, over weight, older would-be distance runner. Remember that this site is set up in blog format, with the newest posts at the top. If you are just starting out, please drill down and read from the beginning. The journey can't begin until you decide to take the very first step, so let's go!

Tapering in the Heat v4.33

MJTB078 – What’s the Big Deal About Boston?

Show #078 | What’s the Big Deal About Boston? |

  • Now heard in 84 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • What’s the big deal about Boston?,
  • Your submissions,
  • See you in San Luis Obispo,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Between the Marathons v4.32

A Different Kind of Recovery v4.31

Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon v4.30

MJTB077 – Recapping the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

Show #077 | Recapping the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon |

  • A community that now spans 83 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • An unlikely Facebook find,
  • No finishers at the Barkley 100 mile race,
  • Could there be snow for the Boston Marathon?,
  • Recapping the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • A special thanks for all of your words of encouragement,
  • Getting ready for marathon #20,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB076 – Can You Steal a Marathon Course?

Show #076 | Can You Steal a Marathon Course? |

  • Our running community now spans 82 countries!,
  • Runner’s World Quote of the day,
  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • Can you steal a marathon course?,
  • Your submissions,
  • We’re heading to the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Tapering For Marathon 19 v4.29

Where I Run

Running Between Marathons v4.28

MJTB075 – Am I REALLY Ready For This?

Show #075 | Am I REALLY ready for this? |

  • Training update,
  • Our buddy Kevin Gwin has a new Kevin Unplugged Video on YouTube,
  • We have a new video segment called “Where I Run” coming out in a few days,
  • Why don’t YOU produce a video?,
  • In the news,
  • Hoka put out ANOTHER men’s road shoe,
  • Am I REALLY ready for this?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A Not So Long Recovery Run v4.27

Little Rock Marathon v4.26

MJTB074 – The Little Rock Marathon

Show #074 | The Little Rock Marathon |

  • Our running community now spans 82 countries,
  • Training update,
  • A movie about the Boston Marathon due out in 2016,
  • Blanca Ramirez runs 7 marathons on 7 continents before age 13,
  • Should You Listen to Music While Running?,
  • 5 Common Myths About Running Shoes,
  • The Little Rock Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Tapering for the Rock v4.25

MJTB073 – Listening to Your Heart

Show #073 | Listening to Your Heart |

  • The show now spans the globe into 80 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • It’s my birthday!,
  • Dock workers strike a problem for some race directors,
  • How do your run in New England with all the snow?,
  • Goodbye to Gary Owens,
  • Listening to your heart,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A Valentine’s Recovery Run v4.24

Braving the Weather for Another 26.2 Mile Training Run v4.23

Just Another Winter Long Run v4.22

Chico’s Frost or Fog 10 Miler v4.21

MJTB072 – What Would Matthew McConaughey Say?

Show #072 | What Would Matthew McConaughey Say? |

  • Training update,
  • Jennifer starts half marathon training,
  • Rita Jeptoo lands a two year ban,
  • Hoka comes out with a glut of men’s shoes for 2015,
  • The family of Abebe Bikila is suing Vibram,
  • A load of junk science reports,
  • What would Matthew McConaughey say?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Chris Russell’s new book, “How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 weeks (with a full time job and family)” comes out next week,
  • Terry finshes up marathon training,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB071 – Being Goofy

Show #071 | Being Goofy |

  • Now in 79 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Hoka Conquest 2 mini review,
  • In the news: Fox News – Walking during a marathon may reduce strain without hurting time,
  • James L. Fowler founder of the Marine Corps Marathon died Jan. 20,
  • Being Goofy,
  • Your submissions,
  • I’m running the Frost or Fog 10 Miler in Bidwell Park,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Recovering from the Goofy v4.20

Has Disney gone too far at the Whispering Canyon Cafe?

The 39.33 miles that they call Goofy v4.19

MJTB070 – Packing for the Unknown

Show #070 | Packing for the Unknown |

  • Hello to our little community which now spans the world into 78 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Packing for the unknown,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions,
  • See you at Walt Disney World for Marathon Weekend!

Tapering for the Goofy v4.18

MJTB069 – What Was I Thinking????

Show #069 | What Was I Thinking???? |

  • Happy 2015!,
  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • Jeptoo’s boo boo and her federation’s lame response,
  • An 87 year-old Canadian woman smokes the Honolulu marathon record,
  • The 2015 Little Rock Marathon medal is announced and it is HUGE!,
  • The Utah Valley Marathon drops 1750′ to the finish line. Sign up now,
  • The Jester is knocking out HUGE miles with his 40th 100+ mile race in 2014,
  • What was I thinking???????,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!
  • If you are going to be at WDW for Marathon Weekend, I hope to see you there!

Recovering From Goofy Training v4.17

It’s a 39 mile Goofy Training Pair v4.16

Barbs 3.1 Times 2 Plus a Few v4.15

Dancing Through the Long Run v4.14

A 33 Mile Back to Back Weekend v4.13

MJTB068 – Dodging Raindrops and Tree Limbs

Show #068 | Dodging Raindrops and Tree Limbs |

  • Training update,
  • Ed Ettinghausen 100 mile run World Record holder!,
  • Take the Slow Runners Club December Challenge,
  • John “The Penguin” Bingham has retired – “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”,
  • Good luck to veryone running the Jeff Galloway 13.1 this weekend,
  • Kevin should have a JG13.1 report over at The Extra Mile Podcast – Galloway 13.1 Edition as soon as he gets back,
  • You can also find Kevin at The Extra Mile Podcast,
  • Dodging raindrops and tree limbs,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB067 – Are You a Jogger?

Show #067 | Are You a Jogger? |

  • A community of 77 countries and counting!,
  • Goofy training update,
  • World record breaker Ed Ettinghausen’s 100 mile pace group,
  • Are you a jogger?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Go to the ballet,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

At Least it Wasn’t Raining at the Start v4.12

Here in the Real World 4.11

2014 WDW Wine and Dine Half Marathon v4.10

MJTB066 – The WDW Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Show #066 | The WDW Wine & Dine Half Marathon |

  • Training update,
  • My daughter is engaged!,
  • The Jeff Galloway JG13.1 can be done virtually,
  • Encouraging new runners,
  • In the news,
  • The Wine & Dine Half Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • Be thankful for whatever kind of run you have on the books!

I Hate Goofy Training v4.09

MJTB065 – Does the Half Marathon Have an Identity Problem?

Show #065 | Does the Half Marathon Have an Identity Problem? |

  • Training update,
  • It is marathon season!,
  • The unwritten rules of running,
  • Does the half marathon have an identity problem?,
  • Lots of your great submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Running in the RaIN V4.08

Beginning Goofy Back to Back Training v4.07

MJTB064 – The Cost of Running a Marathon

Show #064 | The Cost of Running a Marathon |

  • It’s a community of 75 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • There has been a slight change in the weather,
  • It’s racing season,
  • Upcoming races,
  • Fast Eddie McCoy got an ElliptiGO,
  • Today starts my official Goofy training,
  • The cost of running a marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Feeling Better Out in Nature v4.06

MJTB063 – Jumpng Off the Wagon

Show #063 | Jumping Off the Wagon |

  • Training update,
  • Cat memories,
  • It was a 15 day – 14 night cruise
  • I don’t do treadmill,
  • When running on wood isn’t good,
  • WDW and the 7 dwarves mine train fiasco,
  • Coming home sick,
  • Jumping off the wagon,
  • Your submissions,
  • Juggling a training schedule,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Back On My Feet Again v4.05

No Running in the Yucatan v4.04

Running The Disney Wonder in Panama v4.03

MJTB Special Edition

Starting Year 4 as a Sick Runner v4.01

Last Run of Year 3 v3.52

MJTB062 – It’s Almost All About You

Show #062 | It’s Almost All About You |

  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • A call for more discernment in the running industry,
  • It’s all about our submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions,
  • We love to hear from you and have you follow us on the web, but the most important thing is that you get out there and run!

MJTB061 – The Santa Rosa Marathon

Show #061 | The Santa Rosa Marathon |

  • Live from the Santa Rosa Marathon,
  • My friend Rudy,
  • Wine tastes yucky,
  • It all started with an earthquake,
  • Kudos to Larry,
  • Pancakes and beer for the back of the pack,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

The Santa Rosa Marathon v3.51

The End Is Near!!! v3.50

MJTB060 – The Power of Persistence

Show #060 | The Power of Persistence |

  • Training update,
  • Battling the heat,
  • In the news,
  • The BAA announces a field size of 30,000,
  • Why didn’t the Tinkerbell Half Marathon sell out quickly?,
  • The Power of Persistence,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions,
  • Get ready Santa Rosa!

Hokas On Parade

Last Long Run Before the Taper v3.49

Oy! It Is Hot! v3.48

MJTB059 – Ramblings on the Run

Show #059 | Ramblings on the Run |

  • Our community spans 75 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Registration for the Little Rock Marathon is now open,
  • In the news,
  • Ramblings on the run,
  • Thank you for the encouragement during our very long run week,
  • The video that you asked for is out,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

My Running Gear, Electronics, and Hydration

A Half Marathon Run for Marathon Recovery v3.47

MJTB058 – Contrary Coaching Advice

Show #058 | Contrary Coaching Advice |

  • Training update,
  • Congratulations to some great runners!,
  • Running in the news,
  • Contrary coaching advice,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A 26.5 Mile Training Run v3.46

Getting in 10 miles before it hits 100! v3.45

MJTB057 – How to take the P out of a PR

Show #057 | How to take the P out of a PR |

Trying to Beat the Heat v3.44

An Early Morning Long Run v3.43

Post Marathon Long Recovery Run v3.42

MJTB056 – Strickly Adhering to Your Training Plan – Spontaniously

Show #056 | Strickly Adhering to Your Training Plan – Spontaniously |

  • Our community now spans 74 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • The summer heat is here,
  • The JG13.1 might be possible,
  • Running in the news,
  • Strickly adhering to your training plan – Spontaniously,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

MJTB055 – Utah Valley Marathon Recap

Show #055 | Utah Valley Marathon Recap |

  • Our community spans 73 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Running in the news,
  • Utah Valley Marathon recap,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • It’s recovery week!

We run the Utah Valley Marathon v3.41

Another Marathon Taper v3.40

MJTB054 – Running to Gain Weight

Show #054 | Running to Gain Weight |

  • Training update,
  • Congratulations to Melissa!,
  • Running in the news,
  • Running to gain weight,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • We are in the taper for the Utah Valley Marathon!

Marathon Recovery Week v3.39

Mountains2Beach Marathon v3.38

MJTB053 – What Inspires You?

Show #053 | What Inspires You? |

  • Our community now spans 73 countries and counting!,
  • Running in the news,
  • Training update,
  • What inspires you?,
  • Mountains2Beach Marathon report,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • I’ll be enjoying my recovery week!

MJTB052 – Changing Things Up

Show #052 | Changing Things Up |

  • We’re still recording in the great outdoors,
  • Training update,
  • Changing things up,
  • Your submissions,
  • Trying out SportTracks Mobi, courtesy of Kevin at The Extra Mile Podcast. Give a listen over there,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • We’re off to marathon #14.

A 5K Warm up for a 5K Race v3.37

Its Time to Recover v3.36

MJTB051 – Don’t Get Too Excited!

Show #051 | Don’t Get Too Excited! |

  • Training update,
  • Western Pacific Marathon,
  • Running in the news,
  • Kara Goucher signs with Skechers,
  • A beer mile world record,
  • Nike to stop producing Fuel Bands,
  • Vibram settles class action lawsuit,
  • Don’t get too excited!,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Western Pacific Marathon v3.35

Western Pacific Taper and Studio Closing v3.34

MJTB050 – Lessons from Boston OR When things go your way, they don’t always go your way

Show #050 | Lessons from Boston OR When things go your way, they don’t always go your way |

  • Training update,
  • A question about live coverage,
  • The Boston bib number cloning scandal,
  • Lessons from Boston OR When things go your way, they don’t always go your way,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • It’s onward to taper week!

It Wasn’t Warm at the Start v3.33

MJTB049 – Beware of a Change in the Weather!

Show #049 | Beware of a Change in the Weather! |

  • Training update,
  • Wilson Kipsang finds another gear at the London Marathon,
  • Stupid photographer at Boston,
  • A tragic previous weekend for runners,
  • Beware of a change in the weather!,
  • Your submissions,
  • Our schedule for the rest of this season,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

A Long and Very Warm Run v3.32

A Nice Easy Distance v3.31

MJTB048 – Why It Should Always Be a PB

Show #048 | Why it should always be a PB |

  • Our community now spans 71 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Running in the news,
  • Is a record set inside of another event really a record?,
  • Why it should always be a PB,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

Its Just a Training Run v3.30

MJTB047 – Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

Show #047 | Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon |

  • The Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon,
  • Expo,
  • Running in the news,
  • The start,
  • On the course,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • The finish.

Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon v3.29

MJTB046 – Spring Cleaning

Show #046 | Spring Cleaning |

  • Our community now spans 69 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Running in the news,
  • Some problems with runDisney,
  • Spring cleaning,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • The show is off to marathon #12 at the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon. Hope to see you there!

Time For Another Marathon Taper v3.28

MJTB045 – That gray area between races

Show #045 | That gray area between races |

  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • The after buzz about the Little Rock Marathon,
  • That gray area between races,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!

This video is public. Marathon Recovery v3.27

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MJTB044 – It was EPIC at the 2014 Little Rock Marathon!

Show #044 | It was EPIC at the 2014 Little Rock Marathon! |

  • Live from the 2014 Little Rock Marathon,
  • Studio updates,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • Recovery and then on to Modesto!

2014 Little Rock Marathon – MarathonJourney v3.26

MJTB043 – Why do we keep doing this to ourselves?

Show #043 | Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? |

  • Training update,
  • In the news: Kara Goucher, The Right Footstrike, Heel Landing Beats Midfoot In Half-Marathon Study,
  • A brief review of the movie “Spirit of the Marathon II”,
  • I am excited about another new product from Garmin – the Vivofit!,
  • Why do we keep doing this to ourselves?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • We will be taking the show to the Little Rock Marathon, so see you there!