When I started out blogging, I was a born-again runner. The evangelical kind of runner who bores anyone who'll listen about tempo, wicking material or pronation. Pre-conversion, I thought 'pronation' was a Hungarian right-wing bloc.
I made a couple of converts, too. They probably thought if I can run, anybody can.
After my first-and-only half marathon, with no goal, the running became more and more sporadic. I tried at college last semester to run three times a week, but soon gave in to the heavy workload and shunned the dark mornings.
New year, new concerted effort.
I've signed up for a marathon. Bold move, I know. Potentially foolish, in light of the commitment required and the fact I was high on New Year resolve. But I've done it now.
Running is as good for the mind as it is for the heart (or indeed waistline). It's incredible how in the past I managed to push myself when there was that goal of the half marathon. I had a tick-chart on the fridge door which I initialled and dated after every single run. It's a mental thing.
So, I'm running regularly again. I have a tick chart in my room at college. And a book. You need a book about running, to run. If you're me.
I'm laying the ground for the next few weeks. Not lying on the ground (although I'm forced to do that too after a hard run), but getting back into a routine and getting the old bones and muscles used to moving again, so the next phase isn't such a shock to the system.
Then, according to my book, if I follow the 16 week plan I will finish the Walled City Marathon on 1st June. It comes with a guarantee. By that date, if all goes according to plan, I will have finished a second semester of ordination training plus a three-week placement in Uganda. Dangers along the way include a possible week in France (le vin, le fromage) and the inevitable essay frenzy before Easter.
Thanks for reading - I'm accountable to you now. If I don't write about running again soon, please ask me what page of the book I'm on.
|This is my book, 'The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer' by |
Whitsett, Dolgener and Kole, published by McGraw-Hill, 1998.