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A word about my goals…

September 6, 2008

I recently saw a complaint regarding the prevalence of slower runners in marathons. I understood where the guy is coming from…here is a guy with a sub 3-hour time, who actively trains and seeks to improve with every race he runs. He puts a great deal of time and effort into his training to run the race fast, not just proficiently. Why should he have to run along side slow people whose only goal is finish, no matter the time? Why should he be blocked by inexperienced running in the wrong location? Why should his accomplishment be diminished by the thousands of other “runners” who simply put one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles, just happy to still be standing at the end? Well, to him I say “tough cookies!” We all need to start somewhere. While running a sub-3 hour marathon would be GREAT, that goal is not important enough to meet to invest enough time and energy to attempt to achieve it (not now, at least). For now, I’m going to focus on completing the marathon. Then I’ll work on completing it quickly.

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I was searching browsing around runnersworld.com and found this article on marathon training: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-244-255-12021-0,00.html

A passage of note:

” ‘Stay healthy’ is the most important piece of marathon training advice, and the most often ignored. It does you no good to train hard, and then get sick or injured. Better to be slightly undertrained, but feeling strong and eager, than to be overtrained.”

How true. What good will an extra mile do me if it causes an injury? I’m sure I’ll need to remember that when I get impatient to increase my mileage or push myself too hard. Slow an steady wins the race, when it comes to building miles and completing the distance. I just need to figure out where the line should be drawn between training hard and over training…

Speaking of which, on tap for today: a run (about 40 minutes), some strength training, and a swim (I’m thinking 30 min.) Then I have a baseball game to attend which will involve a good deal of walking and probably some not-so-healthy food. I better make this workout a good one!

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