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Marathon Training: Day 1

Today was Day 1 of my marathon training. Well, for the physical training, anyway. I've been mentally training for a few weeks now.

For Christmas (or maybe my birthday?), my brother and his girlfriend gave me a copy of Marathon: You Can Do It! and I'm about half-way through reading it. I've read enough to be comfortable with slowly starting to train. So I started today. Especially at the beginning of the training, there's a lot of walking. Galloway's program really eases you into a training schedule. I like that.

Already, I'm off to either a shaky start, or an inspired start: you pick. I had planned to start my walk at 0630. Well, it was closer to 0730 before I rolled out of bed. So that's the shaky start I was up late last nigh (in Raleigh for a concert). I was tired. It was dark. I could name a million excuses to keep me from going out the door this morning. But here's where my start was inspired: I ignored all of those excuses (thanks, mental training!) and went out for my walk anyway.

It felt good. I walked for about 35 minutes at a brisk pace. I saw a heron in the creek. I met a couple of people on the path. I found a Bible lying on a park bench.

In theory, tomorrow's training schedule involves doing a run/walk instead of just a walk. I'm going to just stick with walking for now. I have the luxury of being able to do that, because I'm starting the training program earlier that it needs to be started in order to complete a marathon. The marathon I'm planning on completing is the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. It's in October. I'm shooting for October 2008. Yes, if I followed the program, I could probably get myself in shape to run the MCM in October 2007. But to do that would be really difficult -- more difficult that I need it to be. So, instead of training for a marathon this year, I'm really training this year to train for a marathon next year. That's a lot more of a reasonable goal for me.

So, anyway. I'm looking forward to another thirty minute walk tomorrow morning.

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drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! I know that last hill is steep -- I watched my brother run up it last year. I'll keep an eye on my training and re-evaluate later. I'm just intentionally setting myself up for a slower training period, especially at the beginning, so I can get myself in shape without it being miserable.
ccohoon
Jan. 15th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
I think it was a B-Day present. I'm glad you're doing this. Go Burger Slayer!
drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it was, too. I get confused easily.
kittles
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
COOL!!!!!

I'm not brave enough to plan for a marathon. Yet. :p
drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
I'm not really brave enough to plan for a marathon, either. But I am brave enough to plan for "just a little bit more" than I did last week, or two weeks ago. If I do that often enough, pretty soon I'll realize that I'm ready to run a marathon. That's my theory, anyway.
yarbiedoll
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't join you as planned. After our late night, bed felt really good. Since I haven't started reading the book yet, I don't possess any of this "power to overcome excuses" that you speak of. :P
drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
The book's in my chair downstairs if you want to start looking through it. ;-)
openheartsoftly
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
If you guys could start at around 5 am I wouldn't mind walking and eventually running along with you. But I start work at 7:30.

Good luck with it!

Have the best
drmellow
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
I'll let you know if we ever get to going that early! :D
wyndywyo
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
But I am brave enough to plan for "just a little bit more" than I did last week...

atta boy, sometimes it's small steps, but they all move you forward!

btw, i be-friended you a while back and forgot to say 'hiya' =)
drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
:-D Thanks. Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. Hope you enjoy it. If you don't mind my asking, how did you happen to stumble across me?
wyndywyo
Jan. 15th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
mutual friends, i think =)
neebs
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Woooo Go Dr. Mellow!!!!

Hmmm, maybe I'll run it with you....two years? I should be able to do that by then, right? ;)
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neebs
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
LOVE IT!!!
drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! Knowing how you're already in a good exercise routine, you've already got a leg up on me in training. Plus, you're younger than me. So if I can do it next year, you definitely can!
blistermoth
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Feel free to ask me for advice or training tips at any time.
drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! I'll definitely be keeping you in mind for advice and training tips as I get more involved in my quest.
olga_ukraine
Jan. 15th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
From Burger Slayer to a Marathon Slayer! :)
I see the Bible you found is a Green sign for you,
Man. :) You can count on me and hope ccohoon for being there to cheer you up. I am
going to train my voice for that. :)
drmellow
Jan. 15th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! It really was watching you and ccohoon run in last year's marathon that really inspired me to finally start taking steps to making this dream a reality.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 15th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
I am so proud of you! The main thing take it easy and slowly build up the distance. There is advantage on starting earlier - any reason you couldn't do the run on schedule, you can still have plenty of time to catch up. May be we can talk some more about it on the cruise. :)
-Olga
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