Monthly Archives: December 2015

Bout That Time, Eh?

bout that timeAnd just like that, another season of marathon training begins. Surprise!

After the Marine Corps Marathon, I immediately began planning for Boston by not paying attention to my calendar. I counted out the weeks between MCM and Boston, realized that my next marathon was about a lifetime away (to be more precise, it was half a year away), and commenced running easy without any weekly mileage goals. I had made up my mind to do another 16-week training plan to prepare for Boston, which meant that I had all the time in the world to rest, right? After all, the next marathon was 26 fulls weeks away.

Time math has never been my strong suit. Whereas I thought official training would begin sometime in mid-January, maybe even late January, it eventually occurred to me that maybe it would be worthwhile to double check my assumptions by actually doing the math. As it turns out, a 16-week training plan begins…today.

Training for Boston already has a different quality to it than my previous three marathons because there is such a long time leading up to the race. Boston requires a qualifying marathon time, which means that training with the goal of running the Boston marathon begins months or years before the actual race. Really, I’ve been training for Boston for almost a year and a half now. The 16-week plan that starts today is just the last push to the starting line (and hopefully the finish line!).

Although this 16-week period kinda snuck up on me, it also helps calm my nerve to remember that I’m not entering training unprepared. I’ve already got my base built from running the Marine Corps Marathon 10 weeks ago, and I feel fairly familiar at this point with the schedules and routines of official training (oh, how I love them!). Let the training begin!

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian

By Rick Riordan

As if it weren’t hard enough to face his 16th birthday, Percy also finds himself up against the reality of the great prophecy, which spoke of a choice that could result in the continued survival of the gods, or doom both Olympus and the world. Kronos continues to gain both power and cronies, amassing an army of titans, monsters, demigods, and others harboring long-standing resentment toward the gods of Olympus. While Kronos’ forces grow and zero in on Manhattan and the Empire State Building (the modern access point for Mount Olympus), Typhon makes his way across the continental United States leaving havoc and destruction in his wake. Many of the gods come together to attempt to subdue Typhon, but others fight their own battles,┬áleaving Olympus undefended and the forces of the gods divided. Percy and his friends take up the almighty task of defending Manhattan against the army of Kronos. Even with the help of the centaurs, the satyrs, nature and water spirits of all kinds, and countless other allies, Percy and his friends find themselves scrambling and outnumbered. With dwindling weapons, strength, and hope, and rapidly approaching timelines, Percy and his friends prepare to make the final stand for Olympus and the gods.

“The Last Olympian” is the final installment in this particular series of Rick Riordan’s Olympic adventures. This novel continues in the same vein as the previous four, offering sarcastic observations amid lightning fast action, building tension up to the final pages of the book. In addition to the plot tension, Riordan also brings in other areas of tension, bring multiple dynamics into the storyline and characters. “The Last Olympian” centers on the conflict between mortals and immortals, whether they are gods or titans, demigods or utterly unspectacular bystanders. He also focuses on the dynamic between Percy’s growth as an independent, autonomous person, and relationship with his family, both his mortal mother and his Olympic father Poseidon. Not only does Percy call all the shots during the big battles, but he also faces more typical teenage difficulties like dating, all while remembering the promises he made to his mother. This novel also touches on dichotomies like power and powerlessness, destruction and creation, choice and fate, and many more. In the middle of all these adventures of epic proportion is the relatable, laughable, occasionally clumsy Percy who simultaneously inspires us to greatness while humbly┬áreminding us of the most important aspects of our shared humanity.

Again, not much more I can say that I haven’t already said about this series. This book, as with all its predecessors, is fun, entertaining, and a very quick read. Yes, I would still be willing to sacrifice some action to add a bit more depth to the characters, but overall, it’s pretty good. I enjoyed reading this one, and I’m sure you would too.

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