by Brian Klotzman December 20, 2016


We are 17 weeks out from the 2017 Boston marathon and I just want to give you an update on my training progress as well as how things are going on the fundraising site for the wonderful charity that I’m supporting.  I wanted to try a new format out this time instead of just going with the blog post - I wanted to go ahead and actually do this video for you.  I’ll put a pseudo-transcript down below so if you want you can still read it.

Make Sure to enter the Merry Christmas 5K while you still can!

We are 17 weeks away and as you probably noticed it’s been a few weeks since I’ve actually done one of these updates.  The past few weeks have been a little bit difficult and unfortunately it’s been since November 14 since my last update.  Let me just give you a couple quick things:

  • The immediate week after that update was actually a pretty good week for running for me. I did about 15 miles total -- just easing into the training program
  • The best part of the week was the Turkey Trot we did that with the whole family on Thanksgiving morning with all three of my kids, my wife, and my parents. We had a great time! I really recommend running as a family it really can be a huge blast.
  • Unfortunately things kind of took a hard turn right after the Turkey Trot for me. The contract that I’ve been working for my day job came to an end.
  • I got miserably sick. I was basically out for 10 days and couldn’t do any running could really do much of anything

Then just add a little bit of insult to injury here while we were in this period my youngest daughter unfortunately slipped, fell, and broke her arm.

She’s a little trooper though.  She’s doing much better than I would if I had my arm broke!

I guess it is one of those things that as they say “when it rains it pours” but no worries I have supreme confidence and faith that everything is going to work out and we’re going to be fine in the long run.

Things have actually gotten considerably better this past week.  Let’s talk a little bit about the training that’s gone on.  Most recently I did get several good runs in.  The first real run that I’ve done since I got sick was back on Monday December 12.  It was only a one mile in a little over nine and a half minute pace.

I did follow that up on Thursday and Friday with some good runs a three mile run and a 4.3 mile run.   Fortunately I got those four and a half miles in right before the temperature dropped like 40 degrees on us and so as a result on this particular Monday I went ahead and did my run on the treadmill which is not my preferred way of doing things but since it didn’t get above freezing today I decided that I just really didn’t need to go outside.

From a fund raising standpoint we’ve got a couple of different things going on.  Probably the most exciting of which is Mbio Apparel sponsoring the Merry Christmas 5k virtual race.   A good portion of the money raised is going towards the charity that I’m raising funds for as part of my Boston Marathon run.

I’m pretty excited the metals have come in.  You can see now they are pretty nice.  It’s a black nickel metal and you can’t tell from the video but they’re pretty heavy too.  We’ve already had quite a few folks sign up and register for the race and now that we have the metals in stock they will be shipping out shortly to folks who have already finished it.

I think is going to wrap it up for today’s update.

Leave a note in the comments let me know what you think about the new format. Should I stick with text or stay with video?  Would you rather a podcast?  I want to make sure that we’re providing some value.  Do I need to get into more details about runs themselves?  Just let me know and we’ll go from there thanks a lot I hope everybody has a fabulous week


Brian Klotzman
Brian Klotzman

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