A Marathon? Me?
Friday, November 02, 2012
So, yes, I have somehow got it in my head that I want to run a marathon. I think I'm officially crazy. I decided yesterday that I want to run in the New York City Marathon (the day before the 2012 marathon was canceled, ironically). I researched it and discovered that it is an achievable goal. A person who has a running base of being able to run 3 miles can do a marathon training program in 16-20 weeks. Today, Mom and I went to the second hand store and I found a book called "Run Your First Marathon"! So I definitely bought that book.
Now, getting into the New York City Marathon is no easy task. Not because they have stringent qualifications like the Boston Marathon; rather it's because they get an enormous amount of applicants, and most of them are chosen by chance. There is a limited number of guaranteed entries for various reasons. One of those reasons is if you pledge a certain amount to fundraise and support an approved charity. As long as international runners are permitted to do this, that is a valid way for me to enter. I wouldn't mind doing a little bit of fund raising; plus on of the charities that is approved is the Brain Tumor Association, which would be very appropriate for me. Another way to get guaranteed entry is by entering the sweepstakes and winning one of the 50 guaranteed entries they give away. I entered the contest; I realize it's a slim chance of winning, but who knows?
However, if I can't run the NYC Marathon in 2013, I can keep trying for other years. The point is to run a marathon.
So, after my 5K race on November 16th (ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!!!!!), I will begin training for a marathon. I'm going to use the 16 week program that is in the book I bought today. You run 4 days per week, a different number of miles each day, and an increasing number each week. The first week, you run 3-3-3-5. I've never run more than 3.2 miles; however the author advocates walking for 1 minute every 10 minutes or so, which would make long distance endurance a lot easier.