The weekend after that last entry, I did a 19.25 mile run. Last weekend Johns Hopkins grad school took its pound of flesh and I did no long run.
This morning, it was 25F for my run with Denise. I did 3 miles outside with her, then another 3 miles on the treadmill in our home gym while she worked out.
I posted this to a distressed newbie runner's board entry:
After 3 years' training, running has finally become second nature to me. Eventually, it grows to become a part of who you are. The reason why so few people are fit is because they are unable to discipline themselves to train until the day when the discipline is no longer needed because its second nature.
Coming from South Florida, I hated the 5:30 AM runs in winter time Maryland. One quote, often attributed to Aristotle, got me through the first year: "You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
What I am about is making training for the marathon a lifestyle. Contemporary medical advice recommends 60 - 90 minutes a day of vigorous exercise. This is consistent with training for the marathon at the amateur level.