Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer" says for the first marathon the only goal is to finish.

To think of a certain time is ungood.

To think that walking part of the time is bad is ungood.

Most first time marathoners will hit the wall around eighteen to twenty miles in. Overwhelming fatigue will happen. The body can't store food for as long as a first time marathoner needs to finish the marathon, so the period of feeling bad that can happen to experienced marathoners is very likely for first time marathoners. If they were running fast enough to avoid the running out of stored food hitting the wall experience they would probably be stopped by injury.

At this point, the point is to keep moving. Walking with your head held high remembering the goal is to finish is good. Thinking of some time that you had made up to finish in and realizing that you won't make that time and therefore you have failed is ungood.

Your only goal is to finish. By walking, running slowly, keeping moving you are proudly moving toward that goal.

Success if finishing. The plan in this book involves training for sixteen weeks, never running more than four days a week and never running 26 miles and a little, the marathon length, in training, only running it on race day.

Two of the authors have trained many non-runners, and the only person who didn't finish was a man who didn't hydrate enough, drink enough liquids on race day. The object is to show people they can do what they think they can't do. If they are willing to do exactly that and work hard and not bring it extra ego goals. Finish in whatever time, maybe walking with head held high, you can do it.