Tuesday, July 6, 2010
From running to training
Up to this point I've called myself a runner, but not a Runner. I'm running for recreation and out of that recreational effort I have been able to build a base that can support the effort of a half marathon distance pretty much whenever I want to just "roll out of bed" and run 13.1 miles.
Of course, that distance takes 2 1/2 hours to cover. And I don't care what anyone tells you, running 13.1 miles at a 11:30 pace is not fun. Not fun at all.
I'm also fairly certain, though I haven't had the opportunity to prove it, that I could knock off a full marathon as well. Of course, THAT pace will be something south of 12:00, and as much fun as running a half marathon at 11:30 may sound, running a full at more than 12:00 per mile is even less fun. I don't care what anyone tells you.
Sure, sure, there's the sense of accomplishment blah blah blah... once you've accomplished one, running for 5 1/2 hours ceases to be a marvelous accomplishment and becomes a hot, sweaty, miserable plod.
SO, then, what's next?
Well, I've already set my sights on the mystical "8 minute mile" (that I already know I can run) to be logged by the end of this month. En route to putting that little accomplishment into the books, I've decided to put myself on a 6 week training--yes, training--program to prepare to run a half marathon in under two hours. THAT means I can set my sights on knocking out a half marathon (or half marathon distance) over Labor Day weekend. And if I'm at the point where I can knock out a half marathon (or half marathon distance) by the end of August, then I can seriously start thinking about setting specific time goals for the full marathons I'm looking at for January.
In just my neighborhood alone, there are 3 full marathons in the calendar month of January 2011. I'm thinking I might run all three. I'm thinking I might run all three in under four hours, or at the very worst, between 4:00 and 4:30. Besides, I already KNOW I can run a marathon. Now it's time to find out if I can just run marathons.