The setting is New York City, Upper West Side, 2008. This is my blog chronicling the road to my first marathon — location to be determined.

Update 5/4/2008: I am now registered for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 26, 2008!

I have thought about marathon running for quite some time and this is the year it’s going to happen. The ultimate, long-range goal is to run the New York City Marathon, but because it requires eligibility which I don’t and won’t have this year it’ll have to wait until 2009. The way I see it, I’m signing-up for a 2-year commitment, one year at a time. After two years I’ll either try something more difficult or have other priorities.

This blog, however, will close soon after I run — or don’t run, as the case may be — my first marathon.

This blog is part creative outlet, part documentation, and part something to do at work in my free time. I’ll do my best to share my experiences and keep it on topic, but no promises! In any case, in the end, I hope there will be enough detail for someone to replicate and improve on my marathon preparation.

It’s unlikely my running a marathon will be a heart-warming story. I’ll be learning the entire way, but the only thing I’m overcoming is inexperience. When I started I was in reasonable shape and I’m not contending with any health problems, disabilities, or baby mama drama. I don’t have any preconceived notions as to time or ability — I’m curious and excited to see where my training takes me!

Contact and comments

I always appreciate comments and suggestions! I’m always looking for new ideas and topics of interest. Please either post a comment or email me at:

timedrun [at] gmail.com

Pay to play

Sprinkled in every posting will be details on how much everything cost, from gear to race fees to the miscellaneous. It’ll be interesting to capture the actual cost of marathon preparation. There’s no reason for me to do it on the cheap, but I also don’t care to be a running fashionista.

The page Running Total (get it?) summarizes all expenses and the cumulative amount spent. In my first month of real running I can tell you the cost is certainly more than a pair of shoes.

About this site

The name of this blog, “Timed Run,” was chosen because it’s simple and relevant, so let’s just go with it. Oh, and because the blog name “I got the runs” was voted down. The irony is that I haven’t owned a sports watch until very recently; my last timed run prior to this year was in high school.

I’m using a free blogging service called WordPress, which offers plenty of space and many useful tools. I think it’s a more bit more professional than the more popular Blogger, which I also considered. I’m focusing on writing, but I’ll eventually post pictures and customize.

Thank you to my sister Joanna who I recruited to help review and edit my posts. Now you know who to contact about grammar mistakes!

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