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Late Night Anyone?

So…I was kind of being a jerk last night…well…not kind of…I was.  But, my wife loves me and we can’t stay mad…oooeyyy goooeeeyyy mushy stuff. I think we’ve all been there?

About 11:30 this came out. I love it when a song comes quickly. Not a finished product at all…but here it is so far. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Still – By Jesse Peterson (If the audio player isn’t working)

Audio Player –

Recorded it this afternoon using the onboard mic on my IMac. Quick and dirty…no retakes. Added a little synth but thats all. Took about 30 minutes so forgive any pitch or timing mistakes. I wasn’t looking to make anything professional.

Lyrics below. Peace.


This pain I feel
I know its real
it’s growing deep inside
A dull drumbeat
Of hearts asleep
I cannot clock its time
The words cut deep
to my soul
But…still I love you
Still I love you
Still I love you…
The words I speak
Feel harsh and bleek
I say them anyways
With draining pow’r
I mark this hour
As one I will regret
My words cut deep
To your soul
We say words that
Make no sense
Act in ways that
Breed intense…ly
broken memories

Oh no…what did I do?

Did I really just announce to all of you that I will run a marathon in March? Ugh…documentaries…you know?

It has been awesome to hear the response from all of you about my decision to run this stupid distance…er…I mean…marathon. Really, your encouragement has meant a lot to me. It already seems a bit daunting but since I have already announced to all of you my reasons for doing so…there is no backing out.

One thing that has been interesting has been to see how many of you are thinking about getting back into running as well. All different ages and experiences…you go!

Because some of you might join me on this crazy journey, I thought I would start my first running post out with some thoughts about training for this distance. I have run 2 half marathons and learned a lot from the preparation and running of them both.

My first half marathon was in Disneyland. The night before the race, my wife and I attended a wedding in Arizona. We had already made plans to run but the wedding was short notice so we decided to do both. The wedding was great and at the reception…there was an open bar and some dudes were having a cigar. Ugh. Of course, I partook with a beer…well…two…and had the cigar. I know…not great race prep…but it was a great cigar! (don’t worry…I can definitively say that I still love Jesus after having beer and a cigar)

We arrived in Southern California at midnight the night before the race and did not get to sleep in our hotel room until 2am. Alarm goes off at 4:30am and I hated life. I put on the shoes I had been training in and a cotton shirt and gym shorts. All bad ideas. I finished the race in 2:28 and I had sweat so much that my shoes were making a “squish” noise when I walked and I looked as if I had stood in the shower for ten minutes. Gross. But, I finished.

The second half was in Sacramento. The night before, we met with friends over a pasta dinner…no beer…and went back to our hotel room which was a five minute drive from the race site. Drank a Gatorade and ate a banana…and fell asleep at 10pm. I woke up ready and alive. I put on my new shoes, (I had broken them in for 2 weeks) my actual running shorts and a running shirt from Nike. I finished the race at 1:58 and felt amazing afterwards. I was tired…but not soaked.

You learn things along the way that help you feel more comfortable out there and I hope you learn a little along our journey together through this blog. Below as promised are a few things to consider when beginning your training for any sort of distance.

1. Your weight. You may be thinking…I want to run to take off some of this weight…and it will work. But, if you have some more serious weight issues…its best if you focus on losing some weight first and leave yourself time to train after. Imagine carrying a 40lb bag of dog food around while running…think your joints will love you? Get your body used to moving by taking long walks (longer than 30 minutes) and reduce your calories. Your body will thank you.

2. Make a plan. Don’t just go out there and run for 30 minutes…out of breath and hurting. Do a walk run. Four minutes of jogging and two minutes of walking. Do this for thirty minutes 4 times a week (for two weeks) and see how you feel. Find a running plan online and try to stick to it.

3. Avoid injury. Make sure you are stretching before and after your run. Keep a pace that would allow you to talk…no matter how slow. Don’t push yourself too hard the first month or you will get hurt. My wife hurt her knee training for our 2nd half and she stayed away from running for one week with ice on the knee every night. When she returned, she ran at a much slower pace and kept up the ice packs when we finished. After three weeks…she felt much better and avoided serious injury.

4. Get the right equipment. When running 2-4 miles, you can get away with wearing cotton clothing and older shoes. But…when you start to seriously train…you need actual running shoes…not just Nike’s. If your knees are hurting you when you run…go to a running store and ask them to evaluate what kind of shoe you really need.  You will eventually want some good shorts and shirts as well to avoid chaffing.

5. Know your heart. It may surprise you, but jogging for under thirty minutes does very little to help your cardio endurance. The heart has not had to settle into a rhythm and really get worked like a muscle needs. Anything under thirty minutes and you are working your muscles, burning calories and teaching your body to run…which are all necessary things…but that’s about it. At first…training for 30 minutes is great because it allows your body to get used to the pounding…but once you’re less sore…its time to get in the longer runs.

Blessings and have great runs!


Running man…running plan…

Some people have asked me how I am training for the half marathon in March. Well…it’s a mix of a few routines that I have found online and training that I did in preparation for my last one. My body is responding well to the training and so this is a bit accelerated.

Moving from the couch to the street can cause a lot of stress so the exercises listed below are usually for 2 weeks at a time. I am moving them to 1 week each because of my timeline.

Some thoughts on training for a long distance race:

  • Set a date. Pay the money and commit yourself or you are just going to find reasons to back out.
  • Be careful to train too long for a race. Training for 6 months is admirable, but you could finish a half marathon right now if you wanted to. You might not finish quickly, but you could finish…walking and panting.
  • Be careful to train too quickly. If you try to do too much early on…your body will hate you for it. You will pull a muscle, sprain an ankle or something else…not fun.
  • Push yourself  a bit…just not at first. If this is your first long distance run…most will say that you don’t want to go the whole distance in training. Finishing your first long distance race is exhilarating. If you are going for a half marathon…run up to 12 miles in your training…but not the whole 13. Trust me…that first finish is not one you will forget.
  • Stretch! Your new muscles will need the release and the tired joints and tendons will thank you. Stretch before and after. This will help you to not get hurt in the training.
  • Try to have fun…at first…it will not feel like fun, but I promise you that after just a month or so of training…the runs will begin to feel amazing
  • Get a running partner! Someone who will push you and keep you accountable. It’s too easy to quit if you are doing it on your own. Find someone who can be strong when you are weak.

Here is how I am training for 8 weeks to get my body back into shape to run a half marathon:

Week Days Time
1 M, W, F 2 minutes walking/4 minutes jogging = 30 minutes.
1 Saturday Jog 4 miles
2 M, W, F 1 minute walking/5 minutes jogging = 30 minutes.
2 Saturday Jog 5 miles
3 M, W, F 2 minutes walking/8 minutes jogging = 30 minutes
3 Saturday Jog 6 miles
4 M, W, F 1 minute walking/9 minutes jogging = 30 minutes
4 Saturday Jog 7 miles
5 M, W, F Jog continuously for 3-4 miles
5 Saturday Jog 8 miles
6 M, W, F Jog continuously for 5 miles
6 Saturday Jog 10 miles
7 M, W, F Jog continuously for 6 miles
7 Saturday Jog 12 miles
8 M, W, F Jog continuously for 3-4 miles
8 Saturday Jog 8 miles

Here are some other thoughts on training:

Runners World Half Marathon Training

Hal Higdon Training Programs

Have fun! Jesse.