Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Marathon Fever? Maybe It's Just Me

A few months ago a group of friends challenged my wife and me to a half marathon in November. They suggested we just pick a race and at least 3 couples would ban together and run it. Fun weekend. Great training. Good times.

After my wife began her training and her stress fractures/shin splints agonized her mornings, days and nights, the end was nearer to the beginning and the hope of a fun weekend was dying. At the same time my workouts were ramping up feverishly and I could feel my goal for a strong 1/2 marathon was well within my capacity of achievement.

About this time, one of the friends that suggested the half initially reviewed my training and suggested I should just push on past the half and train for a full. As the plans for the half were crumbling, I took her suggestion to heart and set my sights on the Cowtown Marathon here in Fort Worth, TX, Feb 27, 2010. "I've always talked about running a marathon and while it's a life dream, why not do it now," I thought.

So off I've journeyed, training for a full, enjoying the short 5 to 6 mile weekday runs while longer for, planning and at times lamenting the long runs (up to 14 miles currently). But what a journey. And it's only beginning.

The more I train, the more "marathon fever" I see around me. From stories of deaths in the Detroit Marathon to personal triumphs over paralysis in the Denver Marathon, the fever to overcome personal battles is everywhere. My friend recently finished the St. George Marathon in Utah with a knee injury sustained prior to her race. Successes in marathon competition are all around me and it's all the more fueling my fever to compete. I've even been recruited to compete in Nike's "The Human Race 10K" this coming Saturday morning.

training by you.Notwithstanding the personal triumphs of others, the key to each success was overcoming impediments and working towards a goal. this week I'm taking my run training off as I've sustained an agitating foot injury (likely a stressed ligament). Nagging is more like it. The mere thought of relaxing during a training period is a major buzz killer. I realize, though, that the temporary dip in my regiment to allow my body to heal is a part of the training and I'll overcome this just as I've overcome major reconstructive surgery on my left knee.

Through all of this, there is one thing that is at the heart of my ability to run, train and compete. The Lord has given me this extraordinary gift and I'll use it for whatever good I can.

What is fueling your fever?

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