We’re running a marathon to celebrate our 50th birthdays!

It’s a fact. I haven’t blogged in 18 months.

Now that my PhD is behind me, however, I’m looking forward to writing more in 2019. To prove it, here’s my first post.

Kate and I are running a marathon to celebrate our 50th birthday year. The Maui Oceanfront Marathon gun fires at 5 a.m. on Sunday, January 20.

The Beems on Sanibel Island in July 2018.

All three kids will be on hand. Maggie will run the marathon with us (and wait at the finish line for us), and Joe and Tom will provide “transportation support.”

Kate and I chose a training plan early on and have been preparing ourselves with increasingly long runs. We decided in November to use Galloway’s Run Walk Run Method, which has enabled us to extend our distance while preserving our pace.

Stay tuned in the coming days for updates. We’re not trying to set any records but hope to fininsh in 5.5 hours with an average pace of 12 minutes/mile.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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Signed, sealed and delivered

Kate and I registered for two races this weekend!

We’ll run the Cliffhanger Run 8K, which benefits Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, on October 28. It follows a beautiful course along Kansas City’s Gladstone Boulevard.

And on December 2, we’ll do our first trail race — the Alternate Chili 10-Mile Trail Run — in Wyandotte County Lake Park. It’s a 10-mile preparatory run to the “Psycho WyCo” Run Toto, Run Trail Run in February, for which I’m considering registering.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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An eclipse day treadmill run


A nice, slow eclipse day treadmill run! It was great to catch up with Rad Long, a super guy and longtime friend, who was using the treadmill next to mine at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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Ah, the treadmill!


It’s raining in Kansas City today, so I hit the treadmill at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center in Independence. It was a slow six miles, but I got ‘er done!

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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Looking forward to tomorrow’s run


It’s been 18 months since my last blog post. I’ve strived to continue pounding the pavement since I last wrote in January 2016 but have averaged just one or two runs a week.

It’s time to return to a more regular running regimen. To hold myself accountable, my commitment the second half of 2017 is to blog more frequently about my running and fitness, which has proven to correlate positively to my perseverance.

Toward that end, I’m looking forward to an easy six-miler tomorrow. It will be a cool morning in Kansas City, and I’m ready to return to the tried-and-true out-and-back route I first plotted in 2009.

Stay tuned for a post on tomorrow’s run and others that will bring you up to date on the last 18 months. Topics will include a 10K, a half marathon, pickleball, Barcelona, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and 26 years of  marriage (see photo below with my awesome wife, Kate Schofield Beem).

Kate and Matt on La Rambla in Barcelona.

It’s good to be back.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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