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Have I gone insane?

Now I've gone and done it. I sat down and started counting the weeks. Given the training regimen I have in front of me and how I planned to structure things, it turns out that the first day of the major training cycle starts on June 20th, my birthday. I do not not believe in fate, but that's an interesting coincidence. It gives me 16 weeks to prepare for the Portland Marathon.

I've picked up a book about training for a marathon for absolute beginners. The prerequisite for the 16 week training program is that I have to be able to run 30 minutes at a stretch, 4 days a week for two weeks. I'm just about about there, though it may be pushing it a bit. If I can pull it off, though, I start my first day of real training on my birthday. Barring injury or illness, I might just run a marathon in October.

The book, incidentally, is The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer. Two college professors occasionally teach a "marathon class." Out of the four classes they've taught, they've had over 200 students and only one didn't complete the marathon (he didn't drink enough and became dehydrated.) The book isn't just about physical training, it's about the mental training. If your mind is not there, you won't make it. This could be an interesting few months.

I was also reading the reviews on Amazon and seeing how many people say they bought the book and finished a marathon. Good to know that others besides the author's students say it works.
  • Current Mood: determined determined
You are inspiring.

No, I don't plan on running a marathon, but seeing you go gettum makes me want to get out and do more.
My friend ladder7 I think used that same book last year to train for her first marathon ever. She did it, and you can to. :)
I never would have imagined this. You're too cool :) You'll have plenty of us cheering you on. GOOD LUCK.
dude! right on! we must get together.....for fun AND to discuss this! 'cause I"m about where you were in February and am trying to break out of the sloth-slump!!! gah!