- I'm not getting younger,
- The Silicon Valley Marathon seems like a good
Marathonfor a novice . . . it's relatively flat and fast. It's also close.
- I've actually run those streets before. About 5 or 6 years ago, I was hoping to train for a marathon (got up to about 14 miles) and then got too busy at work. In my training, I ran a lot of the streets set in the course for the Silicon Valley Marathon.
- It will be nearly 1 year from my dad's death (Oct. 28, 2007). So, it will be a way I can remember him and a positive way to reflect on his life and passing.
I mapped out a course for a 6 mile run (it was actually 6.3).
This morning, I woke up for my first long run (I ran 3 miles yesterday as a warm up, took my dogs for the first two miles yesterday). Then off I went.
I felt good. About the 4 mile mark I started getting tired, but never the urge to quit or walk. I then made a change to my proposed route (I was not sure if the street went all the way through) so I took a slightly different route (the route I generally use to bike home from work). The last part of the run was the hardest. There was a large and long hill. My knees were hurting. But, still no strong urge to walk. Soon I was close to home and knew that I could keep going.
And, I made it! Yeah. It's just a start but it's a start. I came home and took the dogs for a walk to cool down. Then I checked the distance of the new route (the one I actually took). Turns out I ran 6.9 miles today. I'm really happy. Also happy that I ran about 11 minutes a mile. I want to get down to 10 minutes a mile, but right now the key for me is the distance.
I'm still not sure if I can train to run the full marathon. I have a lot of travel dates and a lot of speeches. But, I'm going to give it a shot. I remember after I got out of the Navy. I was working full-time and starting college (I was always horrible at school). I was not sure if I could do it (do well in school (taking a full load) and also work full-time). Heck, I was not sure I could do well in school, taking one class and not working. But, I was set to give it a shot. Do my best and not be afraid to fail. I got an A in every class and promoted at work.
So, although I have a very demanding job, I'm going to give this marathon training a shot. If I fail . . . well at least I tried. If I succeed, then it's one thing to cross of my list. More importantly, it will be a good way to remember my dad (I know I'm going to be thinking about him a lot in Oct. . . . I already do)
I'll provide updates whether I succeed or not. I'm going to give it a shot.