100 days to go
June 23, 2005
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In 100 days, I am going to attempt something I’ve wanted to do for years…run a marathon. Most of the people I have told about this are quick to ask “why do you want to do that?”. Well, I’ve always admired people who are able to do marathons, and seeing as how men and women of all ages do them every year, I saw no reason why I myself could not do it. And in reality, it’s much more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge. Sure, you’re pushing your body to your physical limits in running 26.2 miles, but it’s really about pushing your mental limits and seeing how far you can push yourself.
I found this great book, The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer which I am using as my guide. It’s a 16 week program which requires 4 runs per week. The book is actually geared more towards the mental side of things as opposed to the physical. I’m only in the 2nd week of my training program, but I’m seeing some really great results so far, and doing much better than I expected. This Sunday I am going to Cleveland Heights to run in my first organized race, A Most Excellent Race, a 10k.
I’m actually enjoying my training, and it’s helping me to get back in shape. Having a schedule you have to keep to can be an excellent motivator. So is telling the world you’re going to do something, and having people constantly asking you how your training is going.