For most people who run, completing a marathon is the ultimate accomplishment. For Pasadena Police Department Officer Donald Sevesind, completing a marathon meant that he had 99 more to go.Sevesind set out to become the youngest full-time police officer to complete 100 full marathons and 100 half marathons. So far, he has completed 123 halfs and 99 fulls—only one race away from the Guinness Book of World Records. The 43-year-old ran his first marathon (the L.A. Marathon) in 1991 at the age of 16, and hasn’t he slowed down since.“I had no idea what I was getting myself into by trying to complete such a distance,” Sevesind told Men's Health. “But I loved running and racing so much, I set out to achieve this impossible goal.”Impossible? No. But running 100 marathons and 100 half marathons in the matter of a few decades has certainly posed its challenges. Sevesind works as a full time police officer and runs races in his full uniform.“I would never … [Read more...] about This 43-Year-Old Police Officer Is About to Break a World Record in Marathon Running
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It sounds so freaking cute, right? You're working towards a big race with your partner-in-crime, complete with lots of high-fiving, emotional pep talks, and matching running playlists to boot. And while some of that definitely happens, it's hardly as rom-com worthy as you'd like. Well, at least that was my experience. (For tips on how to build muscle while training, pick up Lift to Get Lean by Holly Perkins.)This spring, my boyfriend Sean and I decided to train for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half-Marathon. Neither of us had run more than five miles straight and one of us (cough, him) actually said, "I hate running," before week one of training. Good.RELATED: 10 Women Share How They Learned to Love Running—After REALLY Hating ItIn the name of journalism, I took some serious notes (and screenshots) to reveal what it's truly like to endure 12 weeks of race training with your special someone. 1. One of you will probably be the boss. And if you're like me, that … [Read more...] about 18 Things No One Tells You About Running a Half-Marathon with Your S.O.
Fall marathon training has officially kicked off for the hundreds of thousands of us signed up to lace up for New York City on November 2, Chicago on October 12, Portland on October 5, or one of the other countless races slated for autumn. (And if you're not running a marathon this fall, you probably know someone who is, or have a Facebook friend who incessantly posts about her insatiable appetite and black toenails.)MORE: Meet the 91-Year-Old Woman Who Just Broke a Marathon RecordPersonally, I'll be taking on 26.2 in Chicago this year, my third marathon (and three out of the six World Marathon Majors to be checked off my list!). But just because I've done this before doesn't mean I know what I'm doing! In fact, I feel like I have more questions this time around than ever before. Maybe it's because now I'm going in with a couple of new goals: to run Chicago in four hours or less (current PR: 4:23) and to run all the World Marathon Majors by 2020.Many of my questions are the same ones … [Read more...] about Q&A: How Long Do You Need to Train for a Marathon?
Imagine being launched from a boat and watching it motor away on autopilot, knowing that land is 9 miles away. No life vest, and no other vessels in sight. That's what former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad says happened to him—during a solo fishing trip off the South Florida coast last week, a wave knocked him off his boat and into the Atlantic Ocean—and he knew his odds of surviving were not good.The idea that he made it to shore is so unbelievable that Elaine Howley, a marathon swimmer who takes on similar treks for fun—albeit with extensive training and a boat nearby full of friends who chuck her water and food every hour—thought it was a hoax at first.So how do you swim for 9 miles, 16 hours straight, without, you know… dying? Is it even possible? Rob Konrad declined to be interviewed, so we talked to experts—swim coaches, shark whisperers, and navigation gurus—to find out.If you ever find yourself alone at sea, here are the challenges … [Read more...] about How NFL Player Rob Konrad Survived His 16-Hour Swim
Whether you’re a runner or not, you can’t deny that finishing a marathon is a pretty badass feat. 26.2 miles? Without stopping? That takes some intense determination and a ton of training.We’re even more impressed when marathoners are able to accomplish this feat in the face of circumstances that make it even more difficult: like the girl who's going to be finger-knitting while she runs the New York Marathon this year. Or Harriette Thompson, who became the oldest marathon finisher this summer. (She was 92!) Or Gweneviere Mann, who has tackled five marathons with her partner even after losing her short-term memory due to complications related to brain surgery she had to remove a tumor.Five years after finishing their first New York City marathon together, Gweneviere and her now-husband, Yasir Salem, are lacing up to pound 26.2 miles' worth of pavement this weekend. We chatted with them about how Gweneviere’s memory loss led them to live their healthiest, most … [Read more...] about This Woman Runs a 15-Minute Marathon
This article was written by Jenny McCoy and provided by our partners at Runner's World.Let’s cut to the chase: training for a marathon can be a pretty gnarly endeavor: nasty, unattractive, and downright disgusting.You see, when you begin running long distances, a lot of things happen to your body: surprising, strange, borderline repulsive things.I’m about to compete in my first-ever 26.2 mile race: The New York City Marathon, on November 6. And while I can’t wait, when people ask how the training’s been, I have two words for them: not pretty.Here are the weirdest, grossest things that have happened to me over the past four months—and how I overcame them to make it to the starting line anyway.Training for a Marathon? Try Runner’s World’s Marathon Training PlansTwo weeks into my training, I lost the big toenail on my left foot. It happened quickly, and painfully. The first sign of trouble was a throbbing sensation that developed after a … [Read more...] about 7 TMI Things That Happened When I Trained for My First Marathon
The following program has been designed by Craig Ballantyne, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and author of Turbulence Training.Workout AA1) DB Squat (3x8 reps)A2) DB Chest Press (3x8)B1) Stability Ball Leg Curl (3x15)B2) Pushup (3x15)C1) Mountain Climber (3x10)C2) DB Row (3x10)Workout BPrisoner Squat (15 reps) 2-0-1Jumping Jacks (40) 1-0-1Plank Hold (30 seconds)Step-ups (12 per side) 2-0-1Close-grip Pushup (12) 2-0-1Side Plank (20 seconds per side)Sumo Squat (15) 2-0-1Beginner Inverted Row (8) 2-0-1Day 1 – Workout ADay 2 – Interval Workout AWarm-up for 5 minutes.Perform an interval by exercising for 2 minutes at a harder than normal cardio pace (at a subjective 8/10 level of intensity). You should reach >90% max heart rate at end of interval.A 6/10 intensity represents normal cardio intensity, and a 10/10 intensity represents “running for your life”.Follow that with “active rest” for 2 minutes by exercising at a slow pace … [Read more...] about Jeff’s Transformation Training Plan
The following program has been designed by Craig Ballantyne, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and author of Turbulence Training.Use the Circuit (C1-C4) from Day 1 as your pre-practice or pre-game warm-up.If you do not have access to weights, skip A1 & A2 from Day 1.If you can't do full chin-ups or pull-ups, do the lowering portion of the exercise only, taking 5 seconds to lower yourself from the top position to the bottom position. Day 1A1) Bulgarian Split Squat (3x8) 2-0-1A2) DB Chest Press (3x8) 2-0-1B1) 1-leg Squat/Pistol (3x6) 3-0-1B2) Back Ext. on Ball (3x15) 3-0-1Go through the C circuit 1-3 times.C1) Prisoner Squat (25) 1-0-1C2) Walking Lunge (15) 2-1-1C3) Inchworm (8) 2-0-2C4) Elbow-to-Instep Lunge (8) 1-0-1 Day 2Interval Workout A Day 3 – Rest or Soccer Day 4A1) DB Row (3x8) 2-0-1A2) DB Incline Press (3x8) 2-0-1Go through the B circuit 3 times.B1) Jumping Jacks (60) 1-0-1B2) Stability Ball Jacknife (10) 2-0-1B3) … [Read more...] about Chris’s Transformation Training Plan
The following program has been designed by Craig Ballantyne, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and author of Turbulence Training.Weeks 1 & 2Workout AA1) DB Split Squat (3x8)A2) DB Incline Press (3x8)B1) Stability Ball Leg Curl (3x15)B2) Pushup [Kneeling] (3x15)C1) Stability Ball Jackknife (3x10)C2) DB Rear-Delt Raise (3x10)Advanced IntervalsWorkout BA1) DB Squat (3x8)A2) Stability Ball Ab Crunch (3x15)B1) DB Reverse Lunge (3x8)B2) DB Row (3x8)C1) Back Extension on Ball (3x10)C2) Side Plank (3x20 seconds)Advanced IntervalsIntervalsWarm-up for 5 minutes.Perform an interval by exercising for 2 minutes at a harder than normal cardio pace (at a subjective 8/10 level of intensity). You should reach >90% max heart rate at end of interval.A 6/10 intensity represents normal cardio intensity, and a 10/10 intensity represents “running for your life”.Follow that with “active rest” for 2 minutes by exercising at a slow pace (at a subjective 3/10 … [Read more...] about Chuck’s Transformation Training Plan
Yeah, training for a half-marathon is physically tough. And once race week rolls around, you're so overwhelmed with emotions that you'd put T-Swift and Adele to shame.But that's just the beginning. We're about to break down all of the feelings that come with conquering 13.1 miles.Stage one: Oh sh*t. It's the night before and you've got to pack, carbo-load, and roll out those muscles all before 8 p.m. (which is your bedtime). Before you know it, 4:30 a.m. is going to sneak attack the crap out of you.Stage two: Panic. Your alarm rings, and it's time to get dressed, grab all of your sh*t, and get your butt to the starting line. Do you have your bib? What about snacks? How could you forget SNACKS? Might as well give up now.RELATED: 7 Things No One Ever Tells You About Running a Half-MarathonStage three: Sweet, sweet relief. Seeing all the other runners makes you want to break out into High School Musical's "We're All In this Together." Just follow these people, and you'll probably end up … [Read more...] about The 18 So-Real Emotional Stages of Running a Half-Marathon