Thursday, March 29, 2007

Marathonarific

I'm not sure it's a word, but what a feeling. I've been wanting do run a marathon for 15 years. 3 and 4 years ago I tried training for one, but kept getting completely burnt out about 13 mile distances and would give up. My body would just shut down and I'd have to take a week off after a 13 mile run. But that didn't help me keep my endurance up and I could never get past 14 miles.

With the support of my wife, I'm going to run a marathon this year. I have since found the training program from Jeff Galloway, and it is a lot lighter on miles and times than anything I've ever seen before. I would love to run a certain time, but my goal is solely to finish. That makes the Galloway program perfect for me, and more than 10,000 others that have used it in the past.

I used to want to run a little marathon, but this year, I felt a lot more like getting lost in the crowd, so I wanted a big one. Chicago would have been perfect, but my sweet cousin turns 18 that day. I searched and searched, and finally found Columbus Ohio that is one week later. It's the biggest one that's within a decent distance after Chicago. I needed that. The training program for Galloway is 26 weeks, which means I officially need to start the first week of April, but I've gotten a bit of a head start last week and this week to be able to jump right into the swing of things.

I have already gone from a long run of 2 miles last year, to a long run of 5.5 miles this year. Sure on my long run I took walk breaks, but I still ran an 11 minute mile pace, which is was my goal.

There's a lot of strange things surrounding my marathon excitement. I had wanted a tattoo for years and kept telling myself when I run a marathon I will get it. I got my tattoo in February. I have been trying to wake up early to run before work for months, but I was always too tired. Since deciding last week that I was going to do the marathon, I have been up early every day. I kept using the potential of the marathon as a motivator, but it wasn't working, it wasn't until I specifically sat down and said, "that one, that day", that the rest of my habits were able to change, overnight.

Is Boston in my future? Who knows, maybe, but not for a long time. I expect my first marathon time to be between 5 and 5.5 hours, way below the qualifying time of 3 hours and 10 minutes. That's an average pace of 7:15 per mile. My fastest mile is only 7 minutes. So there's a lot of improvement I need before Boston is an option, at the very least with everything going really well, it's 2 years away.