Spirit of the Marathon

Watch the Spirit of the Marathon on HardyBreed. Spirit of the Marathon is the first film to capture the passion, drama and essence of the famed 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon. … [Read more...]


by Tim O'Brien  This story is a year in the making... literally! 2006 had become a pretty lousy year in my life. Nothing bad like health, but other things that wore me down significantly. The 2006 Quad Cities Marathon fell on my birthday, and I thought it would be a terrific way to wipe the slate clean and have a new beginning. The marathon’s motto is “4 Cities, 3 Bridges, 2 States and One … [Read more...]

The Final Run

After 4 months of training I am down to my last training session before the 2008 St. Louis Marathon.  Just to keep things consistent the weather was blustery. cloudy, and cold.  It just wouldn't be training without crappy weather. I am still feeling pretty sluggish thanks to my carbo-deprived diet.  I hope it is the lack of carbohydrates that is making me feel this way.  If I am just … [Read more...]


Zero motivation and feeling a little hung over from yesterday's Barstool Open I headed out to meet Dan at the usual spot. We met at 12:45 in drizzling rain but 47 degree temperatures. The drizzling stopped after about an hour but the humidity remained. I'm not complaining, however, because I am so sick of freezing temperatures that anything above 50 degrees is appreciated. It felt like a … [Read more...]

Good Times/Bad Times

A meeting at work was canceled this morning so I took the opportunity to go for an early morning run.  The weather was not favorable but my training has slacked lately and I am feeling pressure from the upcoming marathon.  It was 34 degrees and cloudy with a 15 mph NNE wind when I started at 07:00.  It didn't take long before my lips were numb and I was COLD.  I attempted to run workout #1 but … [Read more...]


Sunny and 34 degrees with a NE wind at 15 mph.  That is what greeted Dan and I as we began today's run at 10:00.  I don't like running out in the country but Dan wanted to do a loop out of town then a loop in town.  Against my better judgment we headed west.  In retrospect this was probably a good idea since this route incorporated more hills than an easterly route.  The St. Louis Marathon is very … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Running on a Treadmill

I'm in Dallas for a wound care course.  Since I did workout #2 of week 9 on Wednesday this weekend will be workout #1 which is 3, 3 mile intervals at marathon pace.  The weather here is not that nice and my hotel is pretty isolated so I opted for the treadmill.  The course got out at 18:00 and I was on the treadmill by 18:30.  If I didn't rush to get started I would have never gone.  Seeing it is … [Read more...]


I was a little nervous going into today's run.  It was supposed to be 16 miles run at 10% slower than marathon pace or about 08:45/mile.  I have been feeling better since my sickness but today was going to be my first long run in a while.  Normally 16 isn't that bad considering the miles we had been putting in but I missed last weekend's 20 mile run and the previous was just 10 miles.  Endurance … [Read more...]

St. Louis Here We Come

Episode 001 Our break through episode covers our training for the St. Louis Marathon. Let us know what you think about the video in the comments section of the post. This episode is also available through iTunes. (listen or watch on your iPod) Give us your feedback, comment on this podcast below. … [Read more...]

Spirit of the Marathon

Spirit of the Marathon debut with a one time showing last night.  The film takes a journey with six people in their preparation for the 2005 Chicago Marathon.  The six people ranged from novice runner to the elite: Ryan Bradley - Boston Hopeful, Leah Caille - First-Time Marathoner, Deena Kastor - 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Jerry Meyers - Four-Time Marathoner, Daniel Njenga - World Class … [Read more...]