Would I Ever Run a Marathon? Hmm.
I've been doing some thinking after I recently read a blog post. There's this guy with no former experience of running marathons. He decided to run a half marathon (13 miles). And it was over sandy and watery terrain too.
It looks like he gave himself about six weeks to train for it. Over time, he was able to extend the time he spent running without stopping from 3.5 miles to 6.5 miles to 8 miles. He also lost weight in that time – about 10 kg.
He was aiming to finish the marathon in 2 hours and 20 minutes. And he reached it --- with a minute to spare!
(This is the post I read: My First Marathon.)
I imagine I'd find this video useful when/if the time comes ('if' really being the operative word here)
A Marathon. Gulp.
I've never ran a marathon. The closest I've ever come to that (if you want to call it that) was when I volunteered at the London Marathon years ago. I got a thumb bruise from all the bottled water I handed out because of the force in which they’d take it while they were running.
I also used to go to the gym a lot as a way of dealing with stress, life and the job I had at the time. I’d use the running machine to warm up.
That’s about it really when it comes to running.
But, reading that post, I don’t know, it’s making me think that perhaps I should give it a try. Run a half marathon. The author of the post comes across down to earth and humble to me in the way he explains his experience and that’s the little part of me that's making me think that perhaps I could do it too.
He also didn't sugar-coat it. He wrote that the marathon itself was really really hard.
Just Checking Again. Uhm, Did You Say Marathon?
I’m very unfit and I’m overweight, so if I ever did decide to give it a go, I’d give myself six months to prepare for it, break myself into it gently and build up slowly over 6 months.
I could do it. I could try. I mean, what do I have to lose? I can think of loads I could gain from it though – increased confidence/mental well being, improvement in my health, weight loss and maybe a whole new network of people I have something in common with.
Will give it some more thought. If anything, I think it’ll be a rather eventful way to see out 2013 or see in 2014 if I decided to do it. :)