Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Long Way Home

I'm not sure if I've said anything publically about this, but I'm "thinking" about doing a marathon later in the summer or early fall. I know that for now the best thing I can do is start getting some extra time in on my feet.

My "training plan", based solely on what I think will work and therefore not subject to the rules and regulations of legitimate training programs, is to LENGTHEN my daily runs by increasing the walking interval while decreasing the running interval. The results of which will be longer training sessions that aren't likely to get me injured.

So, if I do a 4/1, 40 minute session I run for 32 minutes. If I do a 3/2 interval for 60 minutes I run for 36 minutes. Not that much difference but I get an additional 20 minutes of training.

Hey, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

ORN: 60 minutes and 3/2 plus 10 minute walking warm up and 10 minute walking cool down. Total time, 1 hour 20 minutes.


Wes said...

You are a smart man. Good luck on your come back. Sounds like you are off to a good start.

TiaDavidandourLittleChickens said...

I also do walk/run intervals; running is what I hate and it's what I love... not sure I'll ever come close to a marathon but someone suggested your site today as encouragement. Will do. :-)

Tia Graham

JessiferSeabs said...

Hi John,

I'm so excited that I found your blog -- I just finished reading Marathoning for MOrtals (after reading The Courage to Start, cover to cover on an airplane, and crying on almost every page). You see, at 25 years old, I ALSO found myself a 250 lb smoker (drinker, credit card debt, you name it, I did it), and walked into weight watchers. About 2.5 years ago, I started running, and now, 70 lbs lighter and with the inspiration from you and Coach Jenny, I'm registered for my first marathon - the Twin Cities marathon (October 7th, just 5 days after my 30th birthday!)

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much you inpsire me and thank you for your deeply honest, often-times painfully emotional words and your ability to share your feelings and experiences so eloquently.

Last year, while watching the Twin Cities Marathon, I saw somebody run by with a t-shirt that said "The Miracle isn't that I finished... the miracle is that I had the courage to start." I had no idea where that quote came from, or any idea who you were, at the time, just that I found that quote so powerful that it brought me to tears and got me thinking about the marathon. Imagine my surprise when readng courage to start to come across those words again.

Any idea where I can get one of those t-shirts? I've looked everywhere and can't find them!

Just wanted to say thank you and best wishes and many blessings your way for helping so many people (myself included!) change their lives.

~Jessica Seaberg

T-hoe Family said...

I was looking at your website today and I love it.. I am in the USAF and as you may or maynot know the USAF is really PUSHING fitness, more than in previous years. So since I have NEVER really been a RUNNER, I have been forced to start ENJOYING something I hated.. I still say I hate it but TALK about running all the time and people don't believ me..LOL.. I have taken 4 minutes off my 5K time in about 2 months and tomorrow morning I am running the longest race I have ever done. Its a 4.4 miler on our Air Force base.. it's called the Gate to Gate. I have got the bug so bad that I even have a log on for so I can register for upcoming 5k's..

Just wanted to say I love your site and I will reading your blog often.