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Thursday, July 3, 2008

A Goofy Prospect

I read Jeff Galloway's Blog today with interest. First off, I had no idea that Jeff was a "former fat kid" who hated running. Granted, he got a much earlier start at running that I did, but his experience certainly sounded a lot like mine. How inspiring to read about Jeff's experiences qualifying for the Olympics! Watching a big event like the Olympic trials, it seems so unreal for someone like me. I hope to live through a marathon, and my time goals are three times what an Olympian would expect. Yet, Jeff's comments seem so down to Earth.

Olympians go through the same thing that I do, think the same things I do, it's just that their times are faster. How about that?

It's funny because it hit me at a moment where I'd just been giving thought to what I'd like to accomplish in my life, and I was also reading Jeff's blog right when I was listening to Disney music that reminds me of running the Disney Marathon.

I stopped midway through the article and IMed Todd that I think I'm going to run the Goofy Challenge in January, 2010. Seems like I occasionally get inspired to do things that could end up killing me. For those not in the know, the Goofy Challenge is a half marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday. Todd did it this year, and so did my friend Jack. Both of them want to do it again in 2010.

I'll also have to run a fall 2009 marathon. It will likely be Philly or Richmond, since I've vowed not to run Marine Corps again. I would like to do that fall marathon in under 6 hours. 5:59:59 is sufficient. I really think this is an attainable goal, since Jeff Galloway's race prediction says that at my current level of fitness, I should be able to complete a marathon in 5:57. Just to be safe, I'd like to knock another 10 pounds off my weight between then and now. I've already lost 20 pounds this year for the Frederick Half Marathon, so that should be doable too.

Ugh. The thought of marathon training again both excites me and turns my stomach. I will hate myself when that alarm is going off at 3:00am race morning so that I can run 26.2 when I've just run 13.1 the day before.

I will also need a 39.3 sticker for my car. Anyone else want to run 40 miles in a weekend?

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