31 August 2007

Eye of the Tiger, Baby!

All right, I'm committed to running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon next year. I haven't paid the registration fee yet, but mentally I'm there. It's a 13.1 mile, uphill-for-8-miles course I am currently totally intimidated by. I'm scared for the following reasons:

1. The longest I've ever run so far is 7.5 miles.

2. The longest race I've ever run is 6.2 miles.

3. One guy died last year after this race.

4. I still weigh 219 lbs. (but I used to be 260!), and I would need to get to 200 or under to handle the distance.

However, I'm optimistic for the following reasons:

1. I have 8 months to train, and I have found a training regiment that is only 12 weeks long (assuming I run about 20 miles a week average before starting the regiment).

2. I should be able to lose 20 lbs. in 8 months. It'll be sweet to get out of the "Clydesdale B" category!

3. The guy who died probably didn't train very well.

4. 5570 other people who did the half didn't die.

I will keep you posted on how training is going. I'm sure there will be highs and lows to share.
This is going to be a huge accomplishment for me, considering I've been a runner only one year and two months.

Here's my training update for August:

Current Weight: 219

Pounds to Goal Weight: 24

Miles Run This Month: 63.2

Miles Run This Year: 406.1

Days Until Go Time: 247

That's it for now. I'll keep you posted once a month until the time gets closer (like in March). Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go run. . . .


Jourt said...

Dang! That's great! I need to get back into the running thing. Everytime I visit my family I get the bug. :) Sounds awesome; you can definitely do it.

I hope you and Heidi make it back to Chennai next summer! I can hardly wait; its been too long. What did ya'll do in Luang Prabang?! I can't wait to visit there either!

Jourt said...

Dang! That's awesome! You guys have become quite the runners. I keep telling myself that one of these days I'll do it too; but I've yet to do it, heheh.

I hope you and Heidi make it to India next year! It's hard to be away for so long isn't it? I can hardly wait. What did ya'll do in Luang Prabang? I can't wait to visit there as well!