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Marathon Training: Week One

In Life, Marathon on October 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

I set a random goal a while back: run a marathon by my 30th birthday. It didn’t quite happen, since my 30th came and went back in April, so I made an adjustment and decided to run one before my 30th year ended.

The location I settled on was Austin in February. Kelly has never been there, so it felt like a good excuse to take her there, and the Texas winter is usually pretty pleasant, especially for running.

The training program I selected began this week. Technically, it was supposed to start last week, but we were on our honeymoon, and that wasn’t happening, so I skipped week one, and started with week 2 this week. The program I arbitrarily selected was from a trainer named Hal Higdon, and it was basically the same as several other programs I found, but with a better schedule week to week.

My first week consisted of three days of 3 miles each, and then a 7 mile run on Saturday. The weekdays were a piece of cake (surprising, since I’m still pretty jet-lagged), and now I just have my Saturday run. Should be interesting: I technically have only run a 10K before, so my run will be longer than any other run than I have ever done in my life. This, of course, will be the theme of my entire training process, so we’ll see. I think that if I make out and finish the run easily, the training will go pretty well.

I’ll keep you posted.

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