Want To Run Your First Marathon?

Hey! I started running marathon because I am kind of a person who enjoys accomplishment and fighting against myself. I ran a couple of 10 K marathon first and can you imagine the thrill I felt when I turned the difficult course and a sense of accomplishment at the end?

Continuous practice is required to prepare for the run. I was gradually increasing the running distance and started by walking, then ran and also sprinted. I lost weight and my little bothered knee got better with every day running. When I listen to music while running, I can think straight and also relieve stress!


To Enjoy Marathon 100 Times

Marathon is usually divided into a fun run course (5-10 Km), half course (13.11 miles), and full course (26.219 miles). Each course can be prepared below.


Choose non-slip running shoes which comfortably wrap your heels when you wear running socks. Wear comfortable loose clothing because you will sweat a lot. You could catch a cold when you wear wet clothes more than 20 minutes even in summer. Don’t wear the knee or wrist band because it interferes with blood circulation and range of motion.

Stretch lightly to warm up your body about 10 to 15 minutes before the run. After completing the run, walk a little while and stretch to cool down. Drink water before a run and you will feel less thirsty. On marathon day, taking about 500 ml (about 17 oz) water is recommended before the run. During marathon, drink about 100 to 200 ml every 15 to 30 minutes.

Under 10 Km

The health checkup is a must for the person who have not run at all! The preparation will be different for different individuals depending on smoking, drinking habit, body weight, and obesity. Beginner’s mistake is blindly following the momentum of other people. Don’t pay attention on the short term goal of reaching a certain level fast. It is important to run continuously more than twice a week for several months.

A 10 Km run is not a short distance for a beginner. Some people are born runners. If not, it will be a lot easier when you have a person to teach the basics. When you master the basics, running is an exercise you can go faster without pain. Decide the intensity and frequency of the running after your checkup. Start the training with a plan to participate in the event at least 6 months later. If you are smoking, obese or have a high blood pressure, you should regularly consult with a coach. Always don’t run until you are overly short breath.

1st Month: 20 min walk – light warm up – 40 min walk or 20 min walk & 20 min run, twice a week

2nd month: 10 min walk – 10 min run – light warn up – 30 to 50 min walk and run (a little faster than walk) alternate, twice a week or more

3rd month: 5 min walk – 10 min run – light warm up – 3 to 5 repeat of 10 min run and 1 min walk, 3 times a week

4th – 6th month: 5 min walk – 10 min run – light warm up – 30 to 50 min run, 3 times a week

Half Course

If your goal is a half course marathon, you can continue the 10 Km program for a year. If you are trying it only once in your lifetime, it is possible with a 2 month training of a 15 Km run every week. When you run about 2 hours without a break, it is important to train to prevent knee injuries and blisters at soles. Running repeats the same motion for a long time and can give a lot of stress on your body. You can be fine until 15 Km but suddenly have knee pains or a blister at 16 Km.

Gradual intensity increasing is needed for a smooth finish and after running rest and shoes choice are important. Avoid shoes with too much cushion and high heels. Hard shoes may be better for a certain foot shape. A low heel shoes will prevent ankle twist for overweight people.

Full Course

A full course marathon requires a long preparation. You need at least 2 year of running experience to enjoy it. Because marathon gives a lot of stress on all your joints however slowly you run, you need to train at least for two years. You can lose several years in injuries with a premature participation. Continue the 10 Km program for 6 months, and then practice running for 20 km or 2 hours without a break every other week.

When you build up confidence with one year running and don’t worry about injuries, you can set a training plan to participate a marathon one year later. There is, however, no need to think a tremendous plan. Just think a marathon is a battle with yourself and gradually increase the distance at the every other week long running.

Starting at least six months before the marathon, you should set the long running plan and increase the distance 3 to 5 km (2 to 3 miles) every other week. Try a 35 to 40 Km run about 3 weeks before the marathon. While running 2 to 4 hours without a break, record when you get exhausted and when you need to eat if needed. However, avoid eating too much after the run!

Why Marathon?

Marathon is a total body workout and can prevent cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. It is a high calorie activity to lose weight and can correct waist and spine positions. Especially if you keep running for more than 30 minutes, you can feel the euphoria of runner’s high. However, you should not blindly start it. Consult with your doctor or trainer before start running if you have medical conditions.

On Kisses, Smiles and a Little Bit of Magic

The oversized cushy chocolate chair in Tyler’s room is one of the best seats in our house. Plus, it’s where my favorite part of the day takes place. Bedtime stories.

Every night, rain or shine, in sickness and in health, early or late or right on time, there’s a bedtime story (or two or three or four) going on in that chair. And every night, Tyler sits in the middle of his nursing pillow with his back against my chest, his little round head on my heart and his PJ’d-feet up and over the Boppy. In Tyler’s lap, a tiny stuffed Tigger waits for the stories to begin. Every night.

While I adjust the stack of board books on the desk to my left with my uncoordinated arm, Tyler flings Tigger around by his foot, or his paw, or his skinny striped S-shaped tail. Sometimes he stuffs Tigger’s entire head right in his mouth. Tigger’s a trooper.

This particular night was no different. Except for one thing.

As I prepared the books, I realized the typical toy-flailing seemed intentional. Tigger wasn’t haphazardly bouncing off of my lips, the bumping was being repeated on purpose.


I looked at Tyler who had screwed his neck to the side and tilted his face up to gaze at me with grinning black eyes; his arm outstretched holding his favorite stuffed animal in place. I pursed my lips, noisily sucked in air and delivered a loud, smacking kiss right on little Tigger’s fuzzy red nose. But, my eyes never left Tyler. I wanted to remember his reaction.

It was a smile, of course, but not an ear-to-ear grin or an open-mouthed laugh. It started in the middle of his mouth, then the corners slowly stretched outward and up into something so sweet and special, I’m not sure I can capture it here. Even his eyes twinkled. A magical moment between mother and son. But, then he abruptly turned to wait for his story, and poor Tigger’s face fell victim to two tiny baby teeth.

I’m taking that moment out now and letting myself linger on it. Tyler is sick with croup and happy faces aren’t coming to him as easily. “I miss his smile,” Mr. S said yesterday after a long and stressful morning at the doctor’s office.

I do, too. Luckily, I’ve got a little magic stored away.


Sally Huss Bibs

I decided. Rice is the absolute worst thing to clean up after a toddler is done eating. I used to think it was broccoli. No, it is rice. It glues itself to every surface and then quickly dries up. When you go to pick it off, it pulls everything else with it: fabric, hair, skin.

But Tyler loves to eat “rice.” And I stupidly give it to him.

A few nights ago, we had sticky rice and what we jokingly call chicken candy. (Orange chicken from the frozen section at Costco, which is so yummy and easy to make, by the way. Hmmm…maybe a future review.) Normally, if we have rice, I dread clean up.

So after dinner the other night, I was delighted to hear Mr. S exclaim, “No rice on your pants! Good job, buddy!” while I was loading the dishwasher.

I looked up as Mr. S removed Tyler’s new bib. “It’s because that bib rocks!”

“This bib does rock,” he enthusiastically agreed. Seriously. I never thought we’d get so excited over a bib. Who are we?

Oh yeah, parents.

But these bibs that my mom gave Tyler do rock. There’s no other way to say it. Well, no other short way to say it. The long version:

I am so in love with these bibs that I am going to find out more about it and share it with YOU. I want to make life easier for us. And, as Elle Woods would say, “funner!”

Turns out, that’s basically Sally Huss’s philosophy, too. The artist and author (and tennis champion/instructor to the stars!) is all about happiness. Her artwork is colorful and whimsical. One of her paintings was even on the wall in the White House, according to her Web site.

The bibs come in two sizes: Stage 1, for 3-12 months, and Stage 2, for 6 months and up, and are available at her e-store, fittingly named, The Happy Store. Tyler has two Stage 2 bibs.

“I’ve done over 100 designs in all the time I’ve created the art for the bibs,” Sally once told me. “Each line is replaced by the next. So at any time there are 6 designs in the small size and 6 in the larger size. All are fun and happy like all of my art.”

I love Sally’s bright and cheery artwork on the front of the bibs, but I also appreciate the logistics of how these bibs work. The front of the bib is slick, the back is matte and soft. According to Sally, the bibs are made of a non-toxic vinyl. I’ve found that almost no food sticks to them. Not rice, not spaghetti, not even Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Food that doesn’t quite make it into your child’s mouth simply slides down into the pocket.

But this is not your average bib pocket.

First, allow me to gripe about bib pockets. Just for a sec. In my experience, most of the pockets on bibs don’t stay open and the food falls into Tyler’s lap anyway. Or, the food gets in the pocket and then I have to stick my hand in there to clean it out later. Or, I can’t get it out and there’s a nasty build-up of old, dried pieces of hot dog and macaroni. I’ve seen some hard plastic bibs with pockets that stay open, but I never purchased one because they seem bulky and difficult to store.

The Sally Huss bibs have a patented button closure that creates a pocket. The buttons turn the fabric into what I would describe as an upside down triangle so that the pocket opening does what it’s supposed to do: stay open to catch food.

This is why we didn’t have to pick sticky rice off of Tyler’s jeans after dinner the other night. Instead, I took the bib off, walked to the sink and simply unsnapped the pocket to let the rice fall down the drain. Then I ran the flattened bib under the hot tap. I set it on the counter and dried it with a towel. Voila! Done! No extra laundry, no disgusting food remnants all over my hand.

Because it’s so easy to clean, I don’t need the 20 cloth bibs that I was rotating from kid to laundry a bazillion times a day.