Friday, July 18, 2008

I totally forgot to tell you...

So yesterday I mentioned I might post twice...obviously, I didn't. I thought about it as I was drifting off to sleep and was going to get up and write something, but I figured it didn't make that much difference. Plus, I was tired. :-)

Anyway, so what I was going to post about...I totally forgot to tell all y'all that I'm in training for a marathon. Again. If you're new to the blog, let me just tell you this will be the 4th time I've started marathon training in the past 3 years. My history:

  • 2006, trained for the Chicago Marathon. Dropped out in week 12 because of an injury.
  • 2007, trained for the Chicago Marathon again. Started, but stopped when they closed the course after 4 hours (I was at mile 16).
  • 2007/08, trained for the St. Louis Marathon. 2 weeks before the marathon I came down with pneumonia and had to drop out.

Needless to say, I'm feeling less-than-100% confident that I can make it through the actual marathon itself. Now the good news this year is that Chicago is a bit later in the month, I won't be travelling the week before the race, and I've got 3 years of long-distance training under my belt.

I'm sort of tracking to Hal Higdon's novice training plan but am not as strict about it as I've been in past years. Part of it is that training started while we were on vacation, and part of it is I've got lots of other things going on and my time to devote to running is limited this year. Still, I can get enough training under my belt to finish, provided the weather is more cooperative than last year!

Last year I posted training updates on my now-defunct (but still on the web) blog, Runs With Perseverance. I haven't decided whether it's coming back to life or not. I'm leaning against it at this point...again, too many work/life things to get done, and keeping jtj3 plus my photo blog active is about all I can manage. But we'll see.

Wish me luck on the training! More later...

5 Comments:

Penelope said...

You know how I totally don't get this love of running thing (ha!) but, I admore you for doing this, it's an incredible thing running a marathon. I doubt I could walk it!!
GOOD LUCK!!!

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

hi our jim,
you're amazing that you can do this. good for you. hope you enjoy, beany

natasha said...

I know you can pull it off and maybe even WIN! How's that for confidence in you! DGC PS- This is my daughter's account that I am posting from and she would kill me if I logged her out....

jtj3 said...

Penelope...you just have to run to know--otherwise you don't get the runner's high. Plus, I have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, etc...so in a sense, I'm "running" (literally and figuratively) away from that!

Beany, thanks! You are such an encourager...I really appreciate the kind words.

Dan - I might have an outside chance at winning. That is, if somehow a giant hole opened up in the pavement and swallowed the 36,000 runners in front of me. Or, if I was running the Bizarro World Chicago Marathon. I could totally win that. :-)

sogratefultobemormon.wordpress.com said...

awh our jim ~

you have outdone yourself today. thank you for showering sooo many lovely notes on me today. see my **grins**? hehe

((hugs)) beany :)