I committed to the run the Bank of American Marathon on October 12, 2014.
It is a race of 26.2 miles.
I am using the Hanson’s Marathon Method as my training method. It is a new training method I am trying. My training starts today.
Here is a quote from their book:
“The Hanson Marathon Method does away with mega long runs and high mileage weekends—two outdated traditions that make most runners miserable. Instead, runners using the Hanson method will gradually build up to the moderate-high mileage required for marathon success, spreading those miles more sensibly throughout the week.”
I have completed marathons in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and other cities over the years.
The marathon is one of those races in which a runner’s mental toughness is determined.
It is a race in which a runner’s body is pushed to physical exhaustion and beyond.
Each time I complete a marathon, I vow never to run another one.
Especially when I have walk down stairs backwards for a couple of weeks because my quads hurt so much.
What is your edge of mental toughness?
What is your edge of physical exhaustion?
My answer for both questions is about 69,168 steps, give or take a few.
However, I am not exactly sure how to count my steps when my muscles lock in a contracted position.
The 69,168 steps is the approximate number of steps I take over the 26.2 mile distance (using approximately 2,640 steps/mile)
Do you have what it take to push you past where you think you can go mentally and physically?
I know you do!
I will keep you updated on my marathon training progress in subsequent blog posts.
Until then, I am
Out There on the Edge of Everything…
Stephen Lesavich, PhD
Co-author of the award winning book: The Plastic Effect: How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.