Friday, May 02, 2008

Training For Marathon

In February 2005 I walked the Austin Freescale Marathon. It took me nearly 8 hours. Here are my results:

PlaceNameCityOver allChip TimeTotal TimeDiffPace
349Rhonda BellAustin TX18577:35:48.77:41:46.05:57.317:24/M

In my age group, I was next to last finishing, which, of course, should be expected. I was walking, not running. I trained with the Austin Fit walking group. And I also did the Houston 1/2 marathon in January of that same year.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, one of my friends from Seattle SnB knitting, Jenna, is training for a marathon right now. I think the Portland one that is coming up soon. That got me to thinking about the marathon and half marathon I did 3 years ago. Seattle Fit is starting their training program for the November 30th Seattle Marathon the first weekend of June. I think I'm going to sign up. And this time I'm going to run. 8 hours is just way too long to walk!

Anyone want to train/run with me?!?


Carry said...

You know, I've been considering this too!!! Was thinking that the half marathon might be more my "speed" since I've only run 5Ks at the most...

Rhonda said...

Well, you don't have to decide on the half or full marathon when you start training. It is six months off. I highly recommend doing a training program like Seattle Fit. If you go ever week and follow their plan you'll be surprised because you can do the full marathon. Of course, I'm not deciding today on which I'll do, yet. :)

Carrie said...

I highly recommend the "mini-marathon" approach. While my friend Sam spends close to 5 hours running the Prague Marathon, I'll run the 2.6mi mini-marathon, take a shower, maybe knit a little, nap a little, drink some beers, and then meet him at the finish line.