This topic has generated a lot of conversation and has been very informative, continuous reading.
My 2 cents on the original question. Ya'll missed the guilt part. If I miss a schedueld day of running, I'm riddled with feelings of guilt, cowardice and laziness. (it's that good Catholic upbringing). JoeZ, it is scarey to me how alike we think. I'm telling you it's that Z in the name thing. I too have always been a 10K runner and enjoy them, and see them as the competitive challenge that I had to give up from football, ice hockey and softball. Plus the indvidual challenge and acomplishment of racing is very rewarding. I'm training for my first marathon also, the MCM '01. But this training stuff is work. First of all just to come up with a training plan that works for me considering my travel and my time away from home and family (their issue not mine). tahen to hope it is going to get yo where you wnat to be, you wind up validating your plan and progress 100 times over. Never believing that you are doing enough. I see the marathon as a personal challenge. Do I think I can keep this training regiment up forever, not really. And let's not forget the pain. I can't run for more than 2 days in a row due to residual knee, ankle, foot, hip, hamstring pains. And I can't buy into the walking is okay instead of running thing. I grew up understanding that you played the game the way you practiced the game, and if you practice sloppy you play sloppy. So I translate that into, If I walk in training I'll walk in a marathon. And while I'm not marathoner like Ollie, I agreee with him, that just finishing by walking for 6 hours, is like walking to work across town. Even RNR Girl ran a marthon before she walekd one. maybe mixing in some walking on training runs, but I never beleive I've reached the sufficient progress as a runner to walk instead of run. But I agree with Cathy that it does help to come this bulleting baord and see and read all these suggestions and ideas. I've taken many of htem to heart and prartice. BobZ.
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