Friday, September 2, 2011

This bucket list item takes some work!

I've decided to try and cross off one of my land-based bucket list items.  Unfortunately, or fortunately for me this will be quite the undertaking.  Why is Chris (yes I talk about myself in the 3rd person) boring us with some boring land stuff?  Well because it's my blog and I can :)  Anyways the years have been less then kind to my once Adonis-like physique, and I would like to change that.  So thinking about the things on my bucket-list I thought maybe it's time to finally attempt to do a marathon. Because what makes more sense then an out of shape, middle-aged man running a marathon?

Once upon a time when I was in decent shape (it was only like 5 years ago..  doesn't take long to do some damage to yourself) I would do road races, and threw a triathlon in here and there.  Now here I sit at 43 (hard to believe I know because I look so darn young!) weighing something way to close to 250.  So it's time to trim the excess, and get back to work.  The big goal of moving aboard, and eventually heading south requires a man in much better shape.  And once I start my cruising I don't know if I'll be able to cross the marathon off my list (see how confident I am that I will be cruising for a long time!).

So it's now or never for the marathon.  Cincinnati has a great marathon on May 6th that I am aiming to run.  I need to start cutting the weight down and getting in shape so that when I start the training program I won't be dying - too much! I want to be one of those 4200+ finishers!  So I apologize now for the updates that may or may not be coming in the future - but at least you were warned :)

One possible training schedule - would start in Jan

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  1. We only have so many heart beats, according to Neil Armstrong.

    Perhaps you might consider walking a marathon? Good fun and it won't cause harmful damage to your feet and joints.

    (I too have become the picture of my Dad). But I walk five days a week in the AM, just to mitigate the effects of good living. And I am a real fat slob, nowadays.

  2. While I (Cheryl) have completed a few triathlons I haven't tackled a marathon! Like Barco said .. I'd have to walk most of it. Best of luck ... great goal!

  3. You training schedule looks to be made for someone trying for a PR in a marathon. I say that because it gets you up to 38 miles 3-4 weeks before the actual marathon. If you're just trying to finish the 26.2 mile marathon (albeit with a respectable time), there are certainly training schedules with less miles that might be work looking into. Some have even developed schedules that take you no more than 20 miles or so before the actual race day. The goal is to keep you knees and such in decent enough shape to compete on race day. Of course, it all depends on your goal... and although you didn't exactly say you were "just trying to finish", you did mention you wanted to be one of the 4200+ finishers...

    Just food for thought...

  4. Ok... I wish there were a way to delete my last comment. I have a big problem with not slowing down and looking at things closely enough sometimes. I see now that the last column is the "Weekly Total"... oops.

    Good luck!! I'm training for a half marathon in December of this year... my longest run before then should be about 9 miles I think. But, then again, I'm just trying to finish. (And when I say Run... I probably mean Run/Jog/Stumble)...

  5. Barco - well I think I've been saving some heartbeats the past few years by not doing anything :)

    Cheryl - well it's a goal at least - we'll see what happens!

    Anonymous - I appreciate you looking over for the schedule. It would not surprise me in the least if I grabbed an advanced training plan by mistake. That would hurt! I am an experienced runner, but it's all been 10k's and under. And it's also been a good 5 years since i was in good shape. SO I'm just hoping for a decent finish - but the good thing is that it will be a PR if i finish cuz it's my first :)

  6. Hey CB; Barco here.

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    You run the Marathon in Cin...then Hash it in Grenada!!!

    Good Luck!!!
    Doll (&Capt'n too)