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Marine Corps Marathon - Let the Training Begin

I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon a few weeks ago.  The race takes place in October and I'd like to a) break 3 hours, b) qualify for Boston (i.e., sub-3:05), or c) beat my current PR of 3:15.  I was disappointed that I couldn't break through on my last marathon with Hanson's Marathon Method, even though I hit every single segment of every single workout for the entire 18 week program.  I still bonked right around mile 18.  That's the second time I've used Hanson's method, and while my results were much better the second time around, I feel the need to change it up.

So after some deliberation, I decided to go with the Jack Daniel's 2Q plan.  The concept is simple - the plan prescribes two quality workouts per week, and you fill in the rest with whatever easy miles you can to hit your target weekly goal.  I chose this plan specifically because the month prior to the Marathon, I have my Giant Acorn Triathlon, which is an Olympic distance race that I al…

You Win Some and You Win Some

This is an odd post, but bear with me.  Sometime in 2016, my boss was doing Invisalign and it seemed pretty neat, so when my dentist suggested I should see their in-house orthodontist for a free evaluation, I took them up on their offer.  The cost of Invisalign was a lot more than I was willing to spend for on my vanity, and even conventional metal braces were a magnitude more expensive than I wanted.

I shelved that project and put it out of my mind until 2018 when I saw an article on Techcrunch for Candid Co., which is essentially a mail order version of Invisalign for prices that were advertised for less than a third of what traditional metal braces cost.  I was intrigued and saw that there was a competing service called Smile Direct Club which offered basically the same thing for about the same cost.

Of course, because I went to their site, I started getting bombarded with ads, mostly for SDC.  Even at that price, it was more expensive than what I wanted to spend, so I just ignored…