Running for It, Week 1: In which disheartening sums are figured

If, in my early 20s, you had told me I would spend 32 weeks of my 40th year touring the castles of Europe, I would have been thrilled. If you had told me I would spend 32 weeks developing the perfect donut, I would have responded: “Too awesome.”

This year, I will spend 32 weeks, in total, training to run ridiculous distances. If you had told me that, I would have kneed you in the junk. (Note: not really. I’m so short that my knee probably could not reach your junk. Would you mind crouching?)

32 weeks? Seriously?

I admit it: 32 weeks seems like a long time to train, but stick with me here. Remember, I’m running two major events this year: a half-marathon and a marathon, and I’ve got two separate training regimens to follow for them. So, 14 weeks of training for the half-marathon, finishing up on June 4. Check. Then, the very next week, I start an 18-week marathon training regimen that culminates in the Chicago Marathon on Columbus Day weekend. 14 + 18 = 32 weeks, total.

Now that I stand back for a second and look at that figure, it seems like forever.

It would be nice, I suppose, if the dates would sync up better. If the half-marathon was on a Saturday in, say, late July, it would fit perfectly into the marathon training schedule. A long run on a Saturday, with thousands of other people for company! Then again, who wants to run 13+ miles on a Saturday in late July, right? Madness! Except… oh wait, that’s what I’ll be doing anyway.

I’m starting to wonder if maybe I did not think this thing through.

Anyway, the first week was fine. No complaints, really, though I did end the week with some muscle soreness. Not from the runs, mind you, which were short and blissfully easy, but from poorly planned weight training on my two cross-training days.

(What? Price Horn, jumping feet-first into an ill-conceived activity? Never!)

One Response to “Running for It, Week 1: In which disheartening sums are figured”

  1. Jessie Says:

    But now you can check off week 1. Only 31 more weeks to go. That sounds so much better, don’t you think?

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