A journal to chart my progress as I attempt to run a marathon.
Marathon date :- 23rd May 2010
Days to go :- 203
Weight :- 16st 4
Age :- 35
Fitness level :- Errrrrr
Friday night I started my training regime for the London Marathon.
It was a total eye opener.
I'm following the "Couch to 5K" program to kick off with and then start the marathon program (kindly provided by $kint) early in the New Year. I'll chuck in a cheeky wee half marathon around March time as a guide.
So the C25K program gets you off your arse and gently back into a running program via training 3 days in every week. Week 1 involves you running for 60secs then walking for 90secs for a total of about 30 mins. Week 2 increases the run time and decreases the walk time etc etc so that in 9 weeks you should be able to run 5k in 30 minutes easily.
I was a fit guy in the past and thought this program was taking the piss. It would be a breeze.
It was a humbling experience. I could just about do the first session. Totally stunned!
In the days between not running I'm doing some light weights and following the 100 push up program. I'm also doing light workouts on a cross trainer at the local gym as per 4me2's suggestion for good all over training.
I do week 1 - day 3 on Tuesday
No set diet as yet. This will come when I start the full marathon traing program. At this time it is healthy eating. No pop or junk. Plenty of water and a balanced diet with serious portion control!
I had Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have seen too many of my fellow cancer sufferers die in the last 24 months. I'm doing it for them and to show that this disease can be beaten.
That's motivation enough.
Thanks for all the info and support so far!
Wish me luck.