I might have made a mistake, you know. In fact, I make tons of mistakes, but most people don’t believe that I truly think I make mistakes. I tend to catch a lot of flack from those around me for my arrogant behavior. This is truly an aspect of my persona that I’ve been working on, to no avail, for years. Actually, when I made new friends during my time in Japan, they did not seem to have the same understanding of me as those here in Akron do, so perhaps I have been more successful than I thought.

Anyway, I might have made a mistake this Monday. I decided I would begin training for a marathon. Having carefully read from a number of reputable sources the amount of hard-work and dedication involved in the program (and the large number of warnings that said if I couldn’t already run 3 miles in a reasonable time that I shouldn’t be doing the training) I made the decision to run on Tuesday for the first time in a while.

The training program has off days on Monday and Friday, with short runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The long run is on Saturday, with Sunday left as a cross-training day. For the first 3 weeks, the TWR runs are pretty easy, only 3 or 4 miles. I can do 3 or 4 miles without a struggle. I’m used to 3 or 4 miles.

But tomorrow (I suppose today) is my first long-run. It seems so silly to air the trepidation that I feel now as 6 miles isn’t really all that long. But it’s a psychological thing, I guess. I’ve never run 6 miles and so the thought of doing so seems so distant to me that I feel like I can’t do it. But I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it, and when it’s over I’m going to be happy that I did.

Whenever I mention to people that I’m going to train for a marathon they always respond ‘which one?’ and of course, I tell them that there isn’t a particular one. This is due to the simple problem that I will move to China in August, and in China there are no marathons for me to participate in until next March. So I suppose that I’m training for that one, next March. Here are some details:

Also, just so we’re all aware, I’m not in this marathon for speed. I’d be perfectly happy just finishing the 26.2 miles without any kind of injury or major fatigue. My goal is to run it  between 4 and 4.5 hours, which is averaging somewhere between a 6 and 6.5 mph pace. At my age and given that I eat a wide variety of healthy foods, don’t smoke, and don’t drink that much, this should not be a problem. I know my limits, am aware of the risk of over-training and use-related injuries, and I am not rushing to damage my body. I’m doing a 20 week program, but I have roughly 40 weeks to marathon. That gives me plenty of time to rest when I’m strained and to push myself when I’m healthy.

It also gives me time to run a marathon on my own time, see how long it takes me, and then beat it next time 🙂

Thoughts? Comments? I’d love to hear them!

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