Sunday, August 05, 2007

marathon goal

For the past several years, I've toyed with the idea of running a marathon. But every time I've taken a few semi-serious first steps on a three- or four-month training program, I've gotten injured.

Well, this time I'm serious. I'm going to run the Miami Marathon on January 28.

Why so confident this time around?

I heard about Jeff Galloway's "injury free" training program, where you do just one long run a week, and you break it up with intermitent walking. Seems real doable to me.

Why Miami?

Well, in order to follow Galloway's plan reasonably well, I'd have to wait unti at least January to run. There are a couple of other big, popular races that month -- most notably, the Disney Marathon -- but Miami appears to have the most interesting course. Plus, it'll make a nice mid-winter get away for Allie and me. Also, it's gotten really good reviews.

Ideally, I'd like to be one of those people who does two or three marathons a year. I think it'd be a blast.

These are some that I'd like to do:

Marine Corps
Los Angeles
Chicago
Twin Cities
Big Sur
San Francisco
New York
Rome
Paris
Reykjavík

It's fun to fantasize.

2 comments:

Eric said...

Good luck! My friend Mary is training for the KC Marathon and blogging about it...

http://lifeinthemiddlechainring.blogspot.com

GinaK said...

Am I remembering the story of the marathon correctly? I thought that the marathon was named for the city some poor Ionian sap ran to during the Trojan War. It was a 26-mile run in sandals, and the guy arrived with enough life in him to deliver his military intelligence message before keeling over dead. To me, this is not an inspiring story, and I don't understand why people feel the need to reenact his journey. I mean, if I had a really important, time-sensitive message and no other means of communication, I'd do it, too. But not just to build character and calf muscles, for crying out loud! Maybe you can help me understand in a later post? I have long been curious about this.