Granted, A Stupid One…
I just heard from a marathon run (26.2 miles) that I had sighed up for a few months back that it will actually happen on November 14th. Shocked, I say. Shocked. I signed up just not believing it would happen, but they figured out a way to do it to get the state to approve it.
Now I am in decent shape, but not marathon shape, and still about ten pounds overweight to try that distance.
But I have six weeks.
When I am not injured, which I am not at the moment, I average about 40 miles per week of a little running and a lot of walking just in my normal exercise routines.
So like any large event or project, I plan.
Here is my plan, such as it is…
I am taking my average each week up to 49 miles this next week and doing more running. And I will drop two pounds a week, which is a healthy pace.
Following week I leave the distance at 49 miles and another two pounds down.
Week of October 19th I go to 50 miles (only one mile up), with a lot more running.
Week of October 26th, more running and a total of 54 miles. Two more pounds down.
Week of November 2nd, two more pounds down and a total of 61 miles, more running than walking.
So doing over 60 miles a week and down 10-12 pounds before November 14th. That’s the plan.
Factors involved are still record heat here for this coming week. With luck, that should finally drop into normal fall temperatures.
My plan is also on the race day, November 14th, I will walk more than I run. If I run/walk I average about 13 minutes a mile, which is under 6 hours if I make the entire way. (I have a pretty good walking stride from my years of golf.) I did that pace last year on the Vegas marathon/half. My normal 10K pace (6 miles) is right at 12 minutes per mile.
So goal #1, get to the race.
So goal #2, to finish.
Goal #3 to finish under 6 hours.
I will be 70 years old and should win my age bracket since more than likely I will be the only one my age running. (grin)
So I will report in along the way. Chances of not getting injured, dropping the weight, and actually showing up that morning on the 14th are fairly slim at this point. Finishing even slimmer. I respect that distance a great deal.
But there is a chance. Let me see if I can beat the odds.