the edge of 26.2 again


On June 12, 2014, I began a journey to train for the Chicago Marathon.

On October 12, 2014, I completed that journey.

I completed the 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon.  I ran every single step without stopping.

The Hanson Marathon Training Method I tried worked very well.

(See blog post June 12, 2014). 

It was not an easy journey.  My muscles ran out of glycogen at mile 24.

I hit the edge of my body’s physical endurance.

Glycogen is one of the primary energy sources muscles used to expand and contract.

No glycogen makes moving extremely painful.

Any moving at all turns into a mental toughness exercise.

The last 2.2 miles were more shuffling than running.

However, I never stopped moving forward.

What is your physical edge of moving forward?

What is your mental edge of moving forward?

How much physical or mental pain are you willing to endure to accomplish a goal?

A little or a lot?

What kind of physical or mental pain would you endure for a small piece of metal attached to ribbon that indicates you finished something?


Five days later, I still cannot walk correctly.  So I really am,

Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.