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!

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!

Running the Hills v3.24

MJTB042 – Running Away From Fat

Show #042 | Running Away From Fat |

  • Our community now spans 66 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Hoka One One Conquest’s are now on the schedule for the next marathon,
  • Another training run crash,
  • Jeff Galloway inducted into the Hall of Champions by Running USA,
  • From Runner’s World – Nine Surprising Ways Running Helps Your body,
  • Running away from fat,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • It’s 7 miles of hill work for me.

Running in the Rain v3.23

This run powered by Island Boost Valor!

MJTB041 – Doc, I think my shoes are dying!

Show #041 | Doc, I think my shoes are dying! |

  • Our community now spans 65 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Quick overview of my new Hoka One One Conquest shoes,
  • Jeff Galloway named the most recognized runner in the USA,
  • Doc, I think my shoes are dying!,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • It’s official, Island Boost Chocolate is now on the market.

Jeff Galloway announces a new Half Marathon in Atlanta

In a Google Hangout announcement today, Jeff Galloway announced a new half marathon in Atlanta, featuring the famed Run-Walk-Run method. The race will be held on December 14, 2014. There will be Run-Walk-Run pace groups and a new rail trail section in the Atlanta area. As usual, Jeff is providing training programs, free of charge.

For information, go to http://jeffgalloway131.com/

Hoka One One Conquest First Run Impression v3.23

MJTB040 – Caring for the slower runner – A lesson learned from Bowling

Show #040 | Caring for the slower runner – A lesson learned from Bowling |

  • Our community now spans 63 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • New Hoka One One Conquests coming,
  • Dumbo Double Dare sells out in 42 minutes!,
  • Caring for the slower runner – A lesson learned from Bowling,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions.

An Easy 10K As We Continue to Stay in Marathon Form v3.21

Our first post WDW Marathon Recovery Run v3.20

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon

MJTB039 – Are runDisney events getting too big?

Show #039 | Are runDisney events getting too big? |

  • Our community now spans 62 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • Meb scores a huge victory in the US men’s half marathon,
  • The Little Rock Marathon has sold out,
  • A special thank you to everyone for their support and good wishes,
  • A recap of the Walt Disney World Marathon,
  • Are runDisney events getting too big?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Don’t forget to send in your reports, comments, and questions!,
  • p.s. Today I’ll be on Running Conversations with Adam.

MJTB038 – Tom & Hobbit Singleton and the Little Rock Marathon

Show #038 | Tom & Hobbit Singleton and the Little Rock Marathon |

  • Our community now spans 60 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • There’s heat advisory in effect for the WDW Marathon,
  • Kevin from The Extra Mile Podcast has a question,
  • Tom & Hobbit Singleton talk about the Little Rock Marathon,
  • Your submissions,
  • We will try to get you a show next week about the WDW Marathon.

MJTB037 – What’s Ahead in 2014?

Show #037 | What’s Ahead in 2014? |

  • Our community now spans 59 countries and counting!,
  • Training update,
  • In the news,
  • Fuel up with Island Boost,
  • Tune into Running Conversations with Adam,
  • What’s ahead in 2014?,
  • Your submissions,
  • Listen to The Extra Mile Podcast,
  • Don’t miss our special guests on next weeks show!

MJTB036 – Running Resolutions

Show #036 | Running Resolutions |

  • Our community now extends to 56 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Running resolutions,
  • Your submissions,
  • Have a happy and productive new running year!

MJTB035 – Don’t Let the Holidays Run Away From You

Show #035 | Don’t Let the Holidays Run Away From You |

  • A community of 54 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Jeff Galloway to run the Dopey, as announced on The Extra Mile Podcast,
  • Corral assignments are out for the Walt Disney World Marathon,
  • In the news,
  • Don’t let the holidays run away from you,
  • Your submissions,
  • Merry Christmas!

MJTB034 – The Weather Outside is Frightful!

Show #034 | The Weather Outside is Frightful! |

  • Our community now stretches to 53 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Solving 3 problems with the Garmn Forerunner 620,
  • An update on my weight loss,
  • In the news,
  • New 2014 Hoka One One’s available for pre-order at The Tri Shop,
  • The weather outside is frightful!,
  • Your submissions,
  • Using personal coaching from Jeff Galloway.

MJTB033 – Am I Too Slow?

Show #033 | Am I Too Slow? |

  • Our community now stretches to 50 countries!,
  • Training update,
  • Congratulations to Jeff Galloway,
  • Thank you to The Extra Mile Podcast for a fantastic shout out,
  • Winter is here,
  • Holiday season weight gain,
  • In the news,
  • Am I too slow?,
  • Your submissions.

23 miles with the Garmin Forerunner 620 and run test #5 v3.13

Garmin Forerunner 620 run test #5 and Thanksgiving Day Run v3.13

MJTB032 – A Thankful Runner

Show #032 | A Thankful Runner |

  • Training update,
  • Melvin Owens in The Dallas Morning News,
  • Testing of the Garmin Forerunner 620 continues,
  • A thankful runner,
  • Your submissions,
  • The 3rd annual Thanksgiving Day run.

Garmin Forerunner 620 Run Test #4 v3.13

Garmin Forerunner 620 run test #3 v3.12

MJTB031 – Run Testing the new Garmin Forerunner 620

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Show #031 | Run Testing the new Garmin Forerunner 620 |

  • In the news,
  • Training update and a new Magic Mile PR,
  • Our tests of the new Garmin Forerunner 620,
  • Your submissions.

Garmin Forerunner 620 Run Test #2

First Run Test of the Garmin Forerunner 620 v3.11

MJTB030 – Stepping from the half to the full

Show #030 | Stepping from the half to the full |

  • Training update,
  • Our audience now spans 46 countries,
  • Things to think about when considering stepping from the half to the full marathon,
  • From the audience,
  • We need your submissions!

MJTB029 – Pre-Race Routines

Show #029 | Pre-Race Routines |

  • A stellar month because of our listeners!,
  • Training update,
  • Listen to The Extra Mile Podcast,
  • The Social Runner Show will return,
  • ING NYC Marathon recap,
  • The Garmn Forerunner 620 in limited release,
  • In the news,
  • Really dumb statement by a runner,
  • Pre-race routines,
  • Your submissions.

A 20 mile training run on less rest than usual

MJTB028 – Is your training in a rut?

Show #028 | Is your training in a rut? |

  • Training update,
  • 10 pounds of weight loss,
  • An unexpected PR on the ElliptiGO,
  • Is your training in a rut?,
  • Listen to The Extra Mile Podcast,
  • Your submissions.

MJTB027 – Is it the lure of the finish line, or just the finish?

Show #027 | Is it the lure of the finish line, or just the finish? |

  • Training update,
  • The Social Runner Show will be back,
  • This show is now heard in 42 countries,
  • In the news,
  • The story of an amazing young lady,
  • Is it the lure of the finish line, or just the finish?,
  • Your submissions.

MJTB026 – What if the race is cancelled?

Show #026 | What if the race is cancelled? |

  • Training update,
  • A pending recall from ElliptiGO,
  • I talked to Dick Beardsley,
  • What if the race is cancelled?,
  • Your submissions,
  • My marathon schedule,
  • You owe me a couple of race reports!

MJTB025 – Have you ever had a bad run?

Show #025 | Have you ever had a bad run? |

  • Training update,
  • No, The Social Runner Show hasn’t gone away,
  • 10 Reasons Why Runners Are Nicer People,
  • Crowd funding for Island Boost Chocolate made the Yahoo Finance page,
  • Have you ever had a “bad” run?,
  • Your submissions.

MJTB024 – The mind numbing long run!

Show #024 | The mind numbing long run! |

  • Training update,
  • Weight loss update,
  • Crowd funding for Island Boost Chocolate,
  • Boston Marathon minimum times,
  • Jeff Galloway almost BQ’s with 30/15′s,
  • Wilson Kipsang’s 2:03:23 WR marathon,
  • Marine Corps Marathon and NYC ban hydration packs and more,
  • Garmin 220 and 620 update,
  • Health news,
  • The mind numbing long run!,
  • Your submissions.

MJTB023 – Is it OK to leave your running friend behind?

Show #023 | Is it OK to leave your running friend behind? |

  • Training update,
  • I’ve got to lose some weight,
  • Recent articles,
  • Garmin announces the Forerunner 220 and 620,
  • Is it OK to leave your running friend behind?,
  • Your submissions.

MJTB022 – How can running be fun?

Show #022 | How can running be fun? |

The complete POV video of the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare Weekend

It took a while to produce this video because it covers everything about the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. From packet pickup, to the expo, to the start line of the 10k and the finish line, and finally to the start of the half marathon, and then on to the finish.

MJTB021 – Disneyand Dumbo Double Dare Recap

Show #021 | Disneyand Dumbo Double Dare Recap |

  • Training recap,
  • A review of the soon to be released Island Boost Chocolate flavor,
  • The coupon code for Island Boost continues,
  • Disneyand Dumbo Double Dare weekend recap,
  • A big thank you to all of the listeners who contacted us,
  • Your comments,
  • We will get the show back on schedule, I promise!

MJTB020 – Packing for a Race

Show #020 | Packing for a Race |

  • Training recap,
  • Is it just me, or is Windows 8 horrid?,
  • The coupon code for Island Boost continues,
  • Using an invisible runner to help you pack,
  • Your comments,
  • Our Twitter hashtag for the DDD is #SRSDDD,
  • See you in Disneyland!

MJTB019 – The Terror of the Taper!

Show #019 | The Terror of the Taper |

MarathonJourney does a race simulation for the Dumbo Double Dare

MJTB018 – Cramming for the course

Show #018 | Cramming for the course |

MJTB017 – Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Today we take an in depth look at everything surrounding the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. From the expo to the finish line of the 10K and the half marathon, we lend you our personal insights into how to have the best time at this fantastic event. With a complete course overview of both courses, you will never feel like you are lost while you are running. In fact, if you listen well, even if this is your first runDisney event at Disneyland, you will feel like a seasoned veteran!

So snug up those ear buds and grab your course maps, because we are going to take a comprehensive look at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

Disneyland Half Marathon 9-2-2012, Elevation

Marathon Journey v2.48 runs rail, horse, and deer trails

MJTB016 – Getting your training back on track

Show #016 | Getting your training back on track |

MJTB015 – Talking with Laura Mildon from Island Boost about fueling runners

Show #015 | Talking with Laura Mildon from Island Boost about fueling runners |

MarathonJourney Goes Long for Dunbo Double Dare Training v2.46

MJTB014 – Finding your place in the corral

Show #014 | Finding your place in the corral |

  • Next weeks special guest,
  • Our new podcast – The Social Runner Show,
  • Dick’s grand opening,
  • State Fair,
  • Big Sur Marathon,
  • Recent articles,
  • Finding your place in the corral,
  • Listener comments.

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – Show #13 – Hydration

Show #013 | Hydration |

  • A special offer from Island Boost,
  • Our new podcast – The Social Runner Show,
  • Social Runner 10 Mile Challenge,
  • The benefits of running when you are old,
  • Answers to the question of the week,
  • How do I know how much to drink?,
  • Listener comments

Come watch, then listen, and then go run!

We’re branching out!

SRS LogoIn an exciting collaboration with the Zen Runner, Adam Tinkoff, we are proud to announce our new production – The Social Runner Show! On the show, we explore the crossroads of running and social media, and what the all means to you, the runner.

Join us as we discuss running, technology, and how it all blends together to create a unique social landscape.

The Social Runner Show

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB012 – Getting Over the Humps

Show #012 | Geting Over the Humps

  • A special offer from Island Boost,
  • Running goes to the dogs,
  • Adidas Springblade and Boost,
  • Answers to the question of the week,
  • The real science of cramps,
  • Signs that you are a runner,
  • Keeping your training on track,
  • Listener questions,
  • Next week’s listener question,

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB011 – Running Goals

Show #010 | Get some ID

  • Training starts for the Dumbo Double Dare,
  • A special offer from Island Boost,
  • The state of the marathon in the USA,
  • Running goals,
  • Goals from our audience,
  • Next week’s listener question.

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB010 – Get some ID

Show #010 | Get some ID

  • Great articles
  • Road ID
  • Running safe
  • Listener questions
  • Island Boost
  • What are your Fall goals?

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB009 – Mental Notes

Helping out a great cause

Kevin Gwin, over the The Extra Mile Podcast GALLOWAY EDITION is at it again! He has teamed up with legendary runner and coach – Jeff Galloway, and Jeff’s national program director, Chris Twiggs, to coach 3 lucky runners to the finish line of a fall half marathon. In order to participate, you have to agree to support a fantastic charity – The 26.2 with Donna Foundation, along with competing all of the training that will be custom designed, just for you!

Click here to listen to Kevin and Jeff explain the details. There is 39 seconds of bumper music at the beginning, so keep listening.

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB008 – Summer

Show #008 | Summer heat, Changing up my training, DDD, Who needs minimal?, The Slow Runners Club, The Extra Mile Podcast, Carrying water, iFitness belts, The Running Podcast List

Running on board ship

When you are on a cruise, there is no excuse for not continuing your training. Aboard the Disney Wonder, the running track is Deck 4, where you travel .33 miles as you circle the ship. As you travel through the bow, you get a look at the anchor chains and docking lines. When you traverse the stern, stay alert for the wonderful smells that you may encounter there, because the bakery is right below you!

Here’s a time lapse tour of the running track of the Disney Wonder.

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB007 – Training Plans

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB006 – Back on dry land

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB005 – Shoes

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB004 – Coffee with Melvin

Subscribe on iTunes

We will be away from the blog for a couple of weeks, but our audio show will be released every Wednesday, as usual. Even though we won’t be able to post the shows as they are released, you won’t miss a single show if you subscribe on iTunes.

See you back here in a couple of weeks, but listen for us this coming Wednesday on Marathon Journey – The Broadcast!

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – MJTB003 – Coffee with Kevin

Marathon Journey – The Broadcast – Show #2 – Live call-in Wed April 24