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What I might be able to chew ...Again.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A couple of my SparkBlog entries have referenced "biting off more than I can chew". I've announced commitments to achieve some things when I had doubts about my ability to come through. So far the strategy of locking myself in with public announcements has worked. Of course the other part of the strategy has been not to aim too high.

So here's another big bite. Yesterday I registered to run in the Empire State Marathon in Syracuse this October and to run in the Greater Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon this May. My goal with the Marathon will be to run the whole thing while the goal for the Half Marathon will be to beat my previous best half marathon time by fifteen minutes.

This month is going well with the weekly 10K races and beginning in February, I'm going to seriously work on speed and cadence until May. Thirteen mile runs do not wear me out, but I haven't been putting any "oomph" into them and to date I have never run much farther than that in one session.

Once the half is out of the way, I'll spend the summer building endurance for the marathon and from time to time I'll probably mention how I'm progressing with that.

I think having invested the cash to register for these events is also going to help keep me on track.
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    I can relate to the investment thought. Having put down the cash to enter a half marathon, I look at my long runs on the weekend differently.

    THBS, you give me some things to think about in terms of how much is too much. If you're already running half marathons and you think it's a stretch to prep for a marathon in October, the back of my mind thought about the Rochester Marathon in September is probably unrealistic for 2013. Maybe in 2014.
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