We are different, in essence from other men.
If you want to win something, run 100 meters.
If you want to experience something, run a marathon.
– Emil Zatopek
Yeah, finally, I have decided. After years of running 10ks, I will finally run my first marathon!
Despite the very daunting thought of running continuously for five hours straight (or more), I finally made up my mind that nothing will keep me away from the International Marathon for the Pasig River in 2008. I will finish it, whether I have to run, walk, or crawl. Yes, this will be a test indeed of my running “career.”
So, three weeks ago, I drew up my own training plan, based on the books and articles I’ve read on preparing for this distance. I have consulted Joe Henderson, Hal Higdon, and other big (and not so big) names in running. I have scheduled long runs, speed training, hill training, cross training days, and rest days. I’ve cut down on food intake to reduce my weight, and ate more fruits and vegetables.
I have also registered for the New Balance 25k run in November, a nice distance three months before the big event. I had thought that it would prepare me well for Pasig.
Two weeks ago, I started to implement my training plan, making notes in my log that I felt great and on track.
Then I got sick.
First, I had a cold, then fever, then a persistent cough which prevented me from continuing with my training plan. As if it was not bad enough, my cough and colds also rendered me voiceless the day I was training Bacolod-based community workers! To say that it was the worst day of my life as a trainer is an absolute understatement.
The question now is: am I ready for the New Balance Power Race? Or for the Pasig Marathon in February? Frankly, I don’t know. I still have a cold, but I’m continuing with my training, taking it easy. I know that if I miss another week of training, I would not be able to make it at Clark. Of course, I also know that if I push too hard, I would not be able to make it either. A balance must be struck.
Thinking about it all, I realize that it doesn’t augur a good beginning. But what the heck, when you’re down, there’s no way to go but up, right?