Saturday I spent most of the day reading and then RE-READING 'Good Ole Johnny's link where he went through hell to finish his marathon. I 'Take My Hat Off' to the man!!! What a GREAT link and a great success story. All of you guys who played a part in his success should be really proud of yourselves!!!
Reading this link really pushed home to me the significance of the effort (both mental & physical) one must require to achieve such a feat.
At this point I really want to SINCERELY "THANK" each and every one of you guys who helped and supported Jonny with some absolutely fantastic advice and some great words of ENCOURAGEMENT. "Well done guys"!!!
Reading that link and your comments back to Johnny really did inspire me to do something really stupid!!! (I mean this was REALLY stupid!!!)
So guess what I did Sunday team???
I got up at 3.30am Sunday morning and headed out the door at 4am.
I ran about 10%, jogged about 30% and definately must have walked 60% of 44.4k. It took me 7hrs and 45minutes and I ended up not going to work today because I was absolutely 'BUGGERED"!!!
I dragged my sorry ass home by 11.45am and hit the sack immediately. No shower ... no massage ... no cool-down ... no nothing ... JUST SLEEP!!!
It's now 11.45pm Monday evening and everything still HURTS ... LIKE HELL!!!
I doubt if I'm going in to work tomorrow either ... or the day after that ... or even the day after that!!!
Well, to be honest, even after doing that 44.4k yesterday ... I am not looking forward to the 'REAL DEAL' (42.2k)come June 13th.
I know for sure I will not be doing anymore long runs before then. I'm sticking to the short 5k - 7k runs until race day.
One great thing that I think I have achieved by yesterdays run, is that, at least psychologically & physically I know I can do the distance if I do it in slow bursts' and mix a bit of running with a bit more jogging and a WHOLE-LOTTA WALKING!!!
Randy, you asked me what my general fitness level is, if I regularly exercise or if I run at all.
In short "NO I don't", but I can't push home enough the fact (that I am prepared to go to 'Hell & Back' NOT to prove a point or to win the bet I made, but to maintain my INTEGRITY!!! It's that important to me and it's that simple to me.
What I am setting out to do has (in my opinion) nothing to do with pride, but everything to do with my intergrity. It's just something my dad instilled in us as kids and it's a principle that I hold dear to my heart.
Will I kill myself over it??? "NO"!!! That's why I am here seeking the advice of those of you out there in the running world to bring me home in one piece.
So please if you find time, help me stay focussed over the next 21 days and 'bring me home safely' like you guys did with Johnny.
Cheers Team - Mike
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