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A little less than a happy high
Insomnia is not conducive to early mornings
Another day of drifting into the office late. Didn’t fall asleep until 2AM, and even though I roused at a reasonable time, I just couldn’t get motivated enough to throw clothes on and head out the door. Instead, I puttered around the apartment, doing little mindless things like boiling a couple of eggs and washing the glassware that had piled up in my sink. The bike stayed home when I finally lurched out of the apartment. I did take the time to walk into Davis, though, lateness be damned.

As I was walking, I kept coming back to an idea that’s sure to make those who know me think that I’ve finally gone soft in the head… It hit me again when I came off the T at Park Street and passed several people wandering around with the bright yellow, long-sleeved jerseys that the BAA gave out to yesterday’s runners. I want to run the marathon. More precisely, I want to lope along like a grizzly for 26.1 miles while lots of other people run the marathon around me.

Yeah, I know it’s a crazy idea, but I don’t think it’s beyond my capabilities. It would mean finally buckling down and actually getting back into shape instead of just agonizing over it and then spending a year working with Hal (himself a veteran of over 100 marathons of various flavors) to get something of a form down. I’d be looking at getting myself ready for the ride a year from now for starters, and then contemplating a run sometime in 2005? I have no real idea, but it seems reasonable. It’d be nice if I could find a training partner, but I’m not holding my breath.

Hunger is good.

Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music: Seal, "Deep Water"

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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: April 16th, 2002 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Not Crazy At All...

Here's my $0.02: If you wanna run the marathon, then do it! Get working with Hal again to do the biking again next year (I really think completing that ride would be an excellent first step). I know having a training partner in another state probably isn't gonna do it for you, but I'd really like to try running it someday, too. I dunno if my knee could take it, but if I actually did train properly, maybe I could cut it. Let me know what training actually involves. In the meantime, I'm sure Hal could hook you up with someone through the gym who is also training if you can't find someone among your friends who is also willing to try.

Also, yay, you, for not taking a minor set-back (i.e. not riding today because you didn't get enough sleep) as complete defeat and walking to Davis anyway!
komos From: komos Date: April 16th, 2002 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not Crazy At All...

Way I see it, training will consist of the following steps:

1) eat well and exercise
2) get fit
3) start running, working up to about 3mi/day
4) start training on 6-10 mi/day.

To do this, I'm thinking that 3 years is about right for me to do all this. It's ambitious but realistic. Maybe I'll try to work some swimming in there too, but that'll be a little while yet.

Incidentally, Hal's started doing Yoga, too. When I talked to him last, he was doing a style that is very active and designed to bring your internal "heat" up.
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