It’s Over – My Chicago Marathon Journey Ends

Greetings everyone, Today is a tough day for me as I have to inform you that my training for the Chicago Marathon has come to an end. A few weeks back we talked about the difference between being hurt and injured. I thought I was hurt, so I rested. Took some time off. Road the bike for training and basically rested my foot hoping to heal in time to get back on my training schedule. Well, the day came for me to get back out there and run 4 miles for the day. I ran the four miles, limped the last mile, and couldn’t walk the next day. Actually, the next few days I was limping very badly. At that point I had to make a decision. STOP MARATHON TRAINING! The decision I made was to stop the marathon training. No sense in pushing to run 26.2 miles, when a short 4 mile run results in days of not being able to walk normally. If I were to try and push through this injury I fear that it might lead to long term pain and this is not something that I am willing to risk. Therefore, I have to stop my dream of completing the Chicago 2010 marathon, but will not give it up. I will be back next year ready to make it happen. THE REAL DOWNSIDE! The real downer is that I had to also stop the fundraiser I was doing for the local library here in Hazel Crest. It was my first philanthropic endeavor, I am positive there will be more in the future. So, I...

Flexibility: Week 11 – Chicago Marathon Journey

Greetings Good People, I am back with another update on my Chicago Marathon Journey. It has been a good week, but I had to make some changes. The title or theme of this video is Flexibility because I had to make some adjustments to my training schedule if I wanted to stay in the game and stay on pace for making the Chicago 2010 Marathon. As you may know, last week I got hurt during my training, foot injury. I pushed through it and kept running thinking I was just hurt. Well, turns out that I was injured and need to rest. Therefore, I took the week off from running and just rode the bike all week. Let me just say, the bike is serious business and cannot be taken lightly. It was a great substitute and I don’t think I missed too much by riding the bike. Here is the video, let me know what you think by leaving comments or sharing it with...

Visualization: Week 10 – My Chicago Marathon Journey

Greetings good people, today we are in the middle of week 10 of 18 during my Chicago Marathon journey. Each week, I provide a video of my progress of the training program. And as usual, this week was no joke as well, but we are making it through and pushing for our goals. Visualization is the key! This week, I have been focused on visualizing my success of running the outline distances on a daily basis. Before I leave the house, I get a mental picture of me turning around at the half way point with my bounce, then again I see myself coming down my street, running strong, and finishing the run with my head up running high. Thus far, this visualization has really worked for me in my training and I want to begin to extend it into the rest of my life. This is something that I use to do in the past, but have gotten away from it in recent years. The time is now to bring it back. Are you hurt or injured? This is a question my football coaches would ask players during my entire career in the sport. They would say, if you are hurt, then get back in the game. But if you are injured, be sure to get in the training room, start your treatments, so we can get you back on the field and in a position to help the team win. Last week, I sustained a foot injury that has left me hobbling a bit, using ice packs, and soaking my feet. This is something that I should...

Dedication: Chicago Marathon Training Week 8

It’s week 8 of 18 as I train for the 2010 Chicago Marathon. I am still getting it in as you can see from the video. Working hard at working hard is the mantra of the moment and it is feeling good. Noticing a lot of weight loss during this process, but not in the way I would like. I mean that I am starting to get all soft from not working out and lifting weights. Therefore, I have decided to work in some push ups, sit ups and pull ups into my weekly routine. On the days that I runs shorter distance and cross training, I will incorporate more of the physical fitness. Dedication is the watch word of the moment as when you are training for a marathon if you have to be focused and dedicated day and day. You have to put your miles in to have a chance at finishing the 26.2 run. If you don’t put your miles in, then you are kidding yourself thinking you are about to endure a marathon. Preparation is where the rubber meets the road and dedication is the way to ensure it all comes together beautifully. In the video, I expound on how dedication to completing a marathon and the dedication it takes to complete any goal in life are very similar. But they all take dedication and hard work....

NO EXCUSES: Chicago Marathon Training – Week 7

There are not many things that we tolerate in the Taylor household when it comes to our children and life. Excuses are one of those things that are on the top of the list. We cannot stand them and neither should you. In fact, you shouldn’t even make them. When it comes down getting something done, making excuses does nothing for anyone, so let’s be sure not to make them cause they are too easy to do. They are everywhere. What you have to realize is that there will always be an easy way out of you not doing something, not taking it seriously, not working your hardest for it. There will always be short cuts, corners to cut and reasons not to give a 100%. It will rain when you need to be outside. You will not have enough time as your day all of a sudden becomes full. It will happen and much, much more. But when it comes to your health, you cannot afford to cut corners, play games, or make excuses. None of us are getting any younger and time to get active is now before it is too late. I am closing out week 7 of Chicago marathon training and it is kicking my butt. This 18 week program is no joke. Could I take a day off, could I cut a corner here or there? I am sure I could, but let me tell you when it comes time to run 26.2 miles in the hot sun, everyday that you cheated, cut a corner or took a day off will show. When you...

2010 Chicago Marathon Training – Week 6

Week 6 of my Chicago marathon training is almost complete. Today, I ran a 3 mile run in accordance with my plan. This is the video I did right after that run. In this series of videos, I run my miles, grab some water, turn on the camera and start recording. Fresh off the street and to you, so please forgive the sweat. It’s hot outside and I am getting it! Enjoy the video and remember I am raising money for the Hazel Crest Public Library. The goal is $2,000 and we are looking for people willing to put up $1 per mile, $26 total to reach this goal.  And I am very confident this can happen. HEALTH IS WEALTH, GET SOME IN YOUR LIFE! ALL THINGS HAPPEN FIRST IN THE MIND, THEN IN...