Recently I have stumbled upon many comments praising the power of regular training sessions. Apparently, because of the tight schedule, people tend to be more efficient with their work. I’ve decided to test it.
Marathon is apparently one of those things that everyone should do once in their lifetime. Personally, I don’t believe in slogans like that. Yet, it has always been on my bucket list and I have decided to cross it out soon.
In 2 months…
It is not something people usually recommend, but hey, what is the worst thing that can happen, right? (except a sudden death actually…) As it comes to the place, there are two options that I will decide from, later on. Both are happening the same weekend of November 4-5, 2017.
The options are Thames Meander Marathon in London or Porto Marathon in Portugal. The first one is just 1 hour tube ride from my house and it goes through the most beautiful parts of London. The other one would cost me £100 more for transport and hotel, but then, it’s Portugal…
Running marathon along a Portuguese cost – the dream worth extra £100?
Why Am I Doing This?
There are actually plenty of reasons why I have decided to run a marathon in 2 months.
- As for now, I have been doing pretty well with the year plan I prepared for 2017 in December. However, one of the goals for this year is to cross out something from my Bucket List, and believe it or not, running a marathon is the easiest thing on the list.
- Recently I have become a massive fan of military ways of teaching and practising mental toughness and pushing one to the limits. One of the recommendations an interviewed Navy SEALS mentioned was to set a challenge, such as a running a marathon, every year, to push yourself and discover your limits.
- As I mentioned in the beginning, apparently scheduled training adds a routine to your life which makes you more productive. I am currently preparing a crowdfunding campaign for my fashion brand and I am involved in other projects, so I want to test if preparing for the marathon will actually make me more efficient. After I have read the story of Joel on CrowdfundingUncut, I knew I have to give it a go.
- Since I am vegetarian, I want to prove my meat-eating friends wrong since they don’t believe you can train hard and skip meat. I have been veggie for 5 years which means that last time I have competed in a race, I was a meat-eater. I wonder how turning veggie will influence my endurance.
Am I a Couch Potato?
I have to disappoint you. It is not another story of a couch potato turning marathon runner. Although I haven’t competed in a sporting event in ages, I keep training on a regular basis almost every day.
For around half of my life I have been doing cycling and a few years ago I was even racing on the road. My abs looked good, my body fat was oscillating around 6%, and I had great fun. I could run 80km a week…
However, due to some decisions I had to make, some better than others, I gained 15 kg of body mass, I got more muscular, my abs are covered in a warm layer of fat, and doing few uphills on Primrose Hill makes me want to die.
I may not be the fittest person in London, but how many guys have their chest featured in the news!
Also, over the last three years, I haven’t had my road bike around (until recently) and I had a big injury that didn’t allow me to run for around a year. That’s why all of my training was strength oriented in the gym. Last time I run 20km was 2 years ago…
I am not a gadget guy at all. I simply use Endomondo on my iPhone to measure the distance and I listen to books on Audible during training. Having said that, my legs are prone to injuries so I make sure my shoes are always the best for my feet type (overpronation if you need to know). And, I occasionally use CEP compression socks for the recovery purposes.
CEP compression socks are the best running purchase I have ever made. (Photo credit: ©CEP)
What Am I Planning to Achieve?
I am a big fan of stretching goals. For example, if you have to sell 100 books, it is better to focus on selling 1000 books. It changes the perspective and the initial target becomes more reachable. When I was at the peak of my form, I could run half-marathon in less than 1 h 20 min. That’s why I was always estimating my marathon time in less than 3 hours. That’s why my goal is going to be 3 h 15 min. With that as a perspective, “just finishing” sounds easier!
What Is There For You?
I am going to write updates about the progress every day, including some mental toughness stuff I dig out from Navy SEALS interviews. Perhaps after seeing my journey, you will decide to start moving as well? For more motivation and updates, you can also follow me on Instagram.
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