Rite2Run was never intended to be a typical running blog. There are no calendars of races, training logs, nor herculean achievements—never was, never will be. Instead the blog writes and runs and rambles, leaving bits of advice about distance running, marathoning and endurance sports in its wake.
Since April I’ve posted eighteen entries about marathon training, milestones, epilogues, stress and touring on foot and bicycle without ever mentioning the first anniversary of this blog. I also overlooked a cycle ride from Irish Pub in downtown Philly to the Irish Pub in Atlantic City in July, and a half-marathon trail run in August. The half-marathon taught me a familiar lesson—thirteen miles is only the halfway point of the marathon.
I had scheduled the race months in advance, knowing I would need to increase my miles by mid-summer if I was going to run a marathon this year. My endurance level was fine, but I cramped-up the last couple of miles. Granted the course was brutal—one climb about mid-race was called “128 Steps to Hell”—nevertheless, it is time to get serious. Marathon season is around the corner.
Earlier this summer, I began posting periodic entries for new marathoners. These narratives aren’t technical in nature, but rather practical advice to prepare both physically and mentally. The three posts are:
Here is the next installment of advice for recreational runners who want to stay on track to run a marathon this year: Register for mid-distance races in your region. The power of registering for a race cannot be understated. Once you enter your information on a website and click Pay you are committed, and an amazing thing happens when you have a race on your schedule—YOU TRAIN. Print out the front page from the race website and hang it on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror or tape it to the dashboard of your car. You will be surprised how much that picture will motivate you to run.
Time is getting short. Most marathon training programs build up to a twenty-mile run–some longer. If you plan to run a marathon in November, you should be in the ten mile range by now. Register for a half-marathon in September and look for a 30K or longer by mid-October. When you cross the finish line at the marathon you will be glad you did.