This is the first blog I have written in a while ... it's amazing how fast time goes by.
Last year I intended to run the Marine Corps Marathon, but was sidelined not by an injury, but extremely low iron/hemoglobin levels. I was able to defer my MCM until this year.
I have worked hard to get my iron/hemoglobin level back up ... it is a battle to keep them there ... but I am willing to do the nutritional work that keeps the levels satisfactory.
I started having doubts about my ability to run the MCM ... training scared me. Could I do it ... can I do it. Is my body at the ripe old age of 53 up to the challenge? I started to do research on how best to accomplish my goal.
Then it dawned me. Why not walk it? I wondered ...
The biggest hurdle is to get across the 14th street bridge before it is opened back up to traffic. Hmmmmmm ... that's a 14 minute mile, folks.
On May 8th, I walked the St. Patrick's Day 8K(5 miles) ... it was my first hurdle in finding out just how fit I was ... and if it was possible (with little training) to walk a race and not end up dead last. And, better yet, it would tell me just what I would need to train to walk longer events.
Well, folks, I was actually amazed when I saw my official time ... 14.16 minute mile.
That was a month ago ... and I have pushed myself to work on my endurance and my speed. I am walking at an easy 13 minute mile and my endurance is getting better. My new goal for the MCM is to walk it averaging a 12 minute mile. This may change as time goes on.
So what is the plan going forward. Continue walking ... continue pushing myself ... continue listening to my body. I use Marie Caron's marathon training method ... but walk instead of run. Some of my walking sprints are 11 minute miles so I know I am capable of reaching my 12MM goal ... time will tell.
I have also signed up for the following races:
11/21: The Blue Ridge Half Marathon in Roanoke, VA (first 4.7 miles are up Mill Mountain)
5/26: Soldier Field 10-Miler in Chicago, IL (the finish line is through the tunnel on the 50 yard line ... COOL
9/8: The Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder in MD ... 13 miles ghoulish miles and 25 obstacles
9/22: Clarendon Days 10K in Arlington, VA
10/28: Marine Corps Marathon
And, I have a few other short races that I am looking at to work on my speed and endurance.
I am psyched ... and I hope you will all join me ...
St. Patrick's Day 8K ... Washington DC
(U.S. Capitol behind me)
P.S. Note that I am not dead last ... Yeah ME!