Monday, August 14, 2006

Marathon Man

I'm thinking about running a marathon. That's a pretty ambitious goal, but it's not the pipe dream that it once would have been. Once, "I'm thinking of running a marathon" would have been in the same category as "I'm thinking of making a million dollars" or "I'm thinking of winning a Fields Medal." But now I think I can do it, although it won't be easy.

Here's my plan:

  • Run the distance for a half marathon this fall. I'm not that far away. I have run 10 miles, and I think that I can work my way up to 13.1.
  • Run in the half marathon at the Mad City Marathon next spring. I have a friend who has run that race, so I'm hoping that I can get him to go with me.
  • Run in the half marathon at the Dubuque Benefit Classic next fall. I am running in the Classic this fall, but in the 5K, not the half marathon.
  • Run a marathon in 2008, presumably at Mad City.

I don't think that plan is totally wild. There's a lot of information out there about how to train for half marathons and marathons. I think I can do this.


Uncle Not A. said...

Boston in 2010?

cousin jogger said...

the music city marathon in nashville in 2009? just so you know my friend matt says they are addictive. he ran his first in 1998 and is up to two a year now.

USJogger said...

All I'm planning at this point is to survive one. After that, who knows?

I did read that qualifying for Boston gets easier as you get older. The qualifying times go up faster than a typical runner's time does. By 2009, I'll be in the 45 - 49 age group....