I was looking back over some previous posts and over my running log on coolrunning.com and I came across this quote from April 25th.
If I had to publish any goal, it would be that I hope to be able to run for 30 minutes continuously by 10 weeks.
I have run for 30 minutes this week on both Monday and today, exactly 10 weeks from the original post. I don't want to make a big deal out of this but I just wanted to mark this as a completed short-term goal and thank God for keeping me healthy and showing me patience.
I've stayed pretty low-key about this but I went ahead and joined KatyFit a few weeks ago. I'm very excited that we are starting this Saturday. I believe the first meeting is a 1 mile time trial. I really have no idea how fast I will be able to run this mile in. I'm not planning on wearing my HR monitor. I do kind of remember how to do a mile all out and pace myself so that's what I'm going to do. I predict I can do a mile in 14:15. The point is really moot as I am sure I will be placed in the slowest group. Still, I'm very very very very excited.
The jury's still out as to whether or not I am going to actually run the marathon. I guess at this point, I should call on the acvice of the most respected and respectable coach Steeeve. Steeeeve, if you're out there, go ahead and burst my bubble. Don't worry. I can take it. Let me say a few things first.
I am still at a point where I don't have a clue if I can even train at that level, much less actually complete the marathon. I'm not one to hold myself to some unrealistic goal. My main goal right now is to run for life. I don't want to kill myself just for January and then never run again. I'm totally up for January '08 if that's what my body tells me to do. In my opinion, I am a very conservative runner and I try to use my head at least as much if not more than my heart. What I would like to do is to start marathon training. I will know very soon (like within the first 6-8 weeks) if I even have a chance at all of doing this. I may know the first week. :) At that point, I will have no problem backing off tot the half if I have to or even putting a half marathon off until march or april. I guess what I'm saying is I'm playing it by ear right now. I'm not on some ego trip where I'll be pushing beyond what my body (ankle) can take.
Ok, now, Steeeve. Let me have it. I can take it. Anyone else that wants to chime in, feel free. But I really think I have a shot. :)