Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thinking about that marathon

So it's time to start pondering...is this marathon (or at least the training) going to happen? My goal in this weight-loss effort is to get to 175 by the time training (longer than half marathon distances) begins.

Here's where I stand:

Using the Galloway plan (run/walk training), I would start training May 2.

I would reach the 13-14-mile-run July 18.

If I can lose 5 pounds a month, I would be at about 180 by then. Using the same logic, I'd be at 175 by mid-August, when my mileage is to hit 17-18.

It's doable. Maybe not completely realistic, but not unrealistic yet.

I want to be at 175 before training begins because I want to do this the right way, and running such long distances in such a heavy body is just not healthy for my legs/joints/etc. And I also know that once training begins, weight-loss usually is much, much harder.

I had hoped I could be at 167 by the beginning of August, but with my scale wakeup call that I was heavier than I thought when I began, and some slow-downs, that's just not possible. At least I don't think it is.

I'm going to keep on keepin' on. It's kinda scary printing out that six-month training calendar. I'm reminded of last fall, and when I think about last fall, I start to get a little anxious. But I want to do this. I at least want to try again.

1 comment:

  1. Remember too that walk/run is a LOT easier on your joints than just running. If you're worried about doing long-term damage, you can always incorporate even more walking into the long run; JG says you get EXACTLY the same endurance benefit no matter how slowly you do it. He told us several stories about fast marathoners training with really slow long runs (because they were pacing someone else, for example) and then coming out and doing a personal best on the race despite thinking they were way undertrained. All you need is time and determination. And FEARLESSNESS! Go, Diana!