Summon all the power-ups you can muster, Infendo: I’m attempting a marathon this weekend

For life insurance reasons, I starting running a couple of years ago. Nearing 30, I figured it would be a good way to defer the eventual kiss of death and help support the misses and koopa kids for as long as I can.

Since then, I’ve gradually increased my distance. After accidentally running farther than I had originally intended, it was obvious I was close to marathon distance. So I thought, “What the heck?” and signed up for one.

This weekend, the time arrives. Although I’m physically prepared, I’m sparring with a mild cold and a sore left foot. As a result, I’m more apprehensive about the run than I wanted to be.

So if any are feeling generous with encouragement, have overcame physically demanding challenges in the past, or just like sending digital high fives over the internet, I’ll take all the cheer leading I can get.

Beat you to the finish!

17 Responses to Summon all the power-ups you can muster, Infendo: I’m attempting a marathon this weekend

  1. Noveli says:

    I’ll be playing a prime tril0gy marathon this weekend in your honor. Every mile think of where in the games I’ll be at that point. Mile 6 I think I’ll be getting the x-ray visor or power bombs. Mile 18 I’ll be scooping up the ice missiles and so on. I’m rooting for you! Good luck!

  2. K.Soze says:

    use your mushroom boosts wisely and kick some ass blake!

  3. Fuzz says:

    Good luck Blake! I used to mountain bike race, so I know a thing or two about suffering. If things start going south, just keep telling yourself that the finish is just around the next bend. I find when I am exhausted and delusional, my mind is more willing to believe the lies I tell it.

  4. CreepingDeathJr says:

    Go Blake!

  5. Jack says:

    Good luck Blake. Use your satchel of power ups wisely.

  6. Good luck, Blake! Just make sure to pack an “infinite turbo” cheat and you’ll be fine.

  7. Poochy says:

    So…about that Other M review…

  8. skeptical says:

    “If things start going south, just keep telling yourself that the finish is just around the next bend. I find when I am exhausted and delusional, my mind is more willing to believe the lies I tell it.”

    Wow… it’s refreshing to hear that other runners do this when they’ve gone past their usual limits. The first race I was in had a lot of lying to myself just to reach the finish line. Hopefully your training has been good enough that’s not really necessary though.

    In the end, remember that a marathon isn’t a race but an achievement. Do your best to push through and you’ll have something to be proud of for the rest of your life.

  9. yellow bear says:

    dont worry blake if your far behind (wich would never happen) you will eventually get a bullet bill

  10. Silent K says:

    Blake,

    If you run with music, I highly recommend geeking-out during your run with some game music. Tracks from the Wipeout games (Except for Wipeout Fusion, that one was trash) are great to run to. Additionally, the soundtrack to Sonic CD, the theme to Metal Gear Solid 2 and of course all the music from Megaman 2 are highly motivating.

    Also, the Link to the Past track, here, is fantastic:
    http://soundcloud.com/remixartistcollective/sets/nintendo-vs-sega

    Finally, if you’re into electronic music, then I suggest these tracks for your play-list as well: http://feedmegoodtunes.com/2010/04/19/blister-beats-what-i-listen-to-when-i-talk-about-running/

    “Good luck, you’ll need it!”

  11. David says:

    Good luck, Blake! Are you wearing your five-toes?

  12. XCWarrior says:

    ALright, resident long distance runner who listens to Infendo during his 8-10 mile runs.

    Concerning the cold – breath thru your mouth and until the day of hte race, down as many liquids as you can. Before my first marathon, I was sick up until the night before. It all just worked out.

    For the sore foot – make sure your shoes are newer. You want to have worn them on runs before, but if they are older than your marriage (OK, seriously, 500+ miles is too much) then they are not to be running in a marathon in.

    Get water at every station, even if you don’t think you need it. Or gatorade, and take some goo at some point after mile 13.

    And when you wake up the next day feeling like utter crap, go up and down the stairs backwards. It’s easier on teh legs. I can’t explain why, it just is.

  13. Jibaro009 says:

    Hey Black good LUCK!!! Remember to bring some red potion with you; you are going to need it at mile 18.

    I also did my first marathon (Walt Disney) @my 30s and it’s was great experience (I leveled up a couple of times)….

    Exito…

  14. Blake says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. @David, no, I’m cheating a little with Nike Free 3.0s. FiveFingers for a 20 miler are pretty sore on the feet. 🙂

  15. David says:

    No word yet from Blake on how the big day went for him. Hope he’s doing fine!

  16. Blake says:

    Finished. Really sore. Wanna run another one someday.

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