Friday, November 25, 2011

Meet the Trainer

Ok. So I decided to run a marathon. Now what?

I will be the first to admit that I have no idea how to get started. How much (or how often) should I run? What type of running specific weight training should I be doing? Clueless.

When you plug "training for a marathon" into a search engine, almost 99 million results pop up. 99 million! Swimming through that pool of opinions would be enough to leave you confused, full of wrong information, and open to injury from over (or under) training. Thankfully for me, the whole process will be less of a question mark, thanks to Dan Bayliss.

My training program is going to be designed by Dan. So please allow me to introduce him:



Dan Bayliss has been a personal trainer for close to 12 years, working with a variety of individuals and goals, not to mention, he has completed 10 marathons, 12 half marathons, and 4 triathlons! Definitely someone you want on your side.

He graduated from Ohio Northern University with a BS degree in medical biology in 1997, and went on to graduate with a master's in Exercise Physiology/Adult Physical Fitness from Ball State in 1999. He IS an Ohio State fan, but keep reading, please.

Dan has the brains and the cred... he's been certified as a Certified Exercise Specialist® (the gold standard for exercise in many professional associations) by the American College of Sports Medicine, and has been published in multiple national journals on exercise.

That barely scratches the surface. There is SO much more to Dan's bio... including his work with end stage kidney patients, and his fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please take the time to check out his entire story, and how he can help you at :

I can't thank him enough for taking this clueless running newbie on as a project. I hope he knows what he's getting into!

So far pre-training training is going well. I'm running four days a week, and it's getting a little easier every time! 

Stay tuned... the next post will deal with the shopping list Dan handed me... and the process of getting my feet and stride looked at by a pro!

Also, this is the time of year when a lot of people out there are taking a good, hard look at their fitness levels. If you fall into that category, by all means, train with me! Of course you are working out at your own risk, and should get a check up to make sure you are able to take on vigorous exercise. I will post Dan's recommended running schedule every week. We can do this together!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Setting the date... and making it happen.

Call me a crazy person, but I've decided to compete in a marathon this spring.
Four months and twenty-one days. That is the official countdown, and all the time I have left to get ready to face 26.2 miles on April 7th.

I like to run. I've just never been very good at it, nor do I expect I ever will be. I'm not going to be that girl in spandex and a sports bra, elbowing her way to the front of the start line. I'm not heading into this journey with dreams of winning my age division (or anything, for that matter). No way, no how. But, I do plan on crossing the finish line with my dignity intact. And yes, in this case "dignity" is an umbrella term, that does include the possibility of me losing my breakfast at the finish line.

I ran a half marathon this past April. Actually I ran/walked a half marathon. I had a goal of finishing in 2:45, and beat that by quite a bit, crossing the line in 2:27. Not spectacular, but I was proud. Now it's time to take it up a notch.

Right now, I have a few extra pounds to lose, and my fitness level is limited. I can run about 3 miles at a time, at about a 10 minute pace. Like I said, it's not earth shattering, but it's what I have to work with at this point.

So the gist of it all: I have a lot of work to do. Basically this blog is set up to document that work, and share what it's like for a normal person to go through the training process for a marathon. I will also be airing weekly segments on NBC29 that we're calling Marathon Monday. We will go over my training schedule for the week, as dictated by my trainer Dan Bayliss. You can read more about him in my post "Meet the Trainer", which will be up soon.

I am going to follow a 16 week training regimen, that will involve specific run days, weight training and recovery days. That schedule will start "officially" on December 19th. Until then, I'm going to train for my training.

The first Marathon Monday should air on January 2nd, covering the getting started moments... from my first fitness assessment, to getting my stride checked out by a professional!
So... ready, set, go!