October 16th, 2010

Poke

The Chicago marathon

26.2 miles.

I believe that everyone can complete a marathon as long as the mind is strong. Of course, that's assuming that you don't feel ill or anything. But even if you are aching and all cramped up, it is quite possible to do so.

I would say that I was better prepared and trained compared to last year when I attempted my first marathon. I did speed work at the track, tempo runs and many long runs that stretched over as long as 4 hours. Hence, the expectation was higher. I was aiming for a personal best aided by an ' extremely flat and fast course' with cool racing conditions. However, sometimes, no matter how prepared or perfect the training went, you never really know how it goes until race day itself.

To side track a little, let's talk about the training. The program that we undertook was way tougher than last year. The criteria before starting on the program, was that you are able to comfortably run 15km. Together with the cross training Insanity program, it was really tough to manage. I literally worked my butt off to train and it wasn't easy at all. 

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