Can I Really Run A Marathon?

runningYesterday morning, I ran 8km and chose a route that winded through High Park and onto the Lakeshore so I could run along the Martin Goodman trail. It was a beautiful morning and as I approached the Lakeshore I noticed I wouldn't be running alone. Hundreds and hundreds of people were participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and I literally had to zip through the pack to get on the trail.

This part of the route, right by Sunnyside pool, was the 14km mark. A marathon is over 42km, which means this was the 1/3rd mark of the race. A distance which is about as long as I've ever run is only 1/3 of a marathon. This is a distance that is already 4km longer than the race I'm currently training for. This got me thinking...

Will I be able to run a marathon? I realize that's my goal here, but is it realistic? I know I can handle a half-marathon, as I see that as just a long run, but a full marathon is a different kettle of fish. After finishing the New York Marathon, Lance Armstrong said it was "the hardest physical thing I have ever done. Even the worst days in the tours, nothing was as hard as that and nothing left me feeling the way I feel now in terms of sheer fatigue and soreness."

That's Lance Armstrong, the guy who survived cancer and went on to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times. He's Mr. Super Fitness and he considers running a marathon the hardest physical thing he's ever done. What hope is there for a regular Joe like me? How the hell am I ever going to successfully train to run a 42km race?

I guess I'll proceed as I have been these past six months. I'll take it one day at a time...


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Toronto Mike

And will I be as fast as Kenya's John Kelai who won the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Sunday in 2:09:30, the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil?

October 1, 2007 @ 2:24 PM

Chuck

Yes Mike you will be able to run a marathon. Keep training the way you are and you will break the 4 hour mark the 1st time out.

If you think you are ready to run a half....DO IT NOW...Take the confidence from running the half to keep you motivated for you winter training.

Good luck and keep it up.

October 1, 2007 @ 7:59 PM

CQ

A trick I used when training for my first (okay, only) marathon was, when running an Out & Back path course - twice once beyond 13km, to pick up a backside pack water bottle [with domed lid] from my parked car for the second half. Why carry the extra weight for the first half?
Though with conditioning sprints and hill climbs and near daily training, I never cracked '4 hours'. But all around me were those hundreds & hundreds :)

October 2, 2007 @ 5:32 PM

CQ

A trick I used when training for my first (okay, only) marathon was, when running an Out & Back path course - twice once beyond 13km, to pick up a backside pack water bottle [with domed lid] from my parked car for the second half. Why carry the extra weight for the first half?
Though with conditioning sprints and hill climbs and near daily training, I never cracked '4 hours'. But all around me were those hundreds & hundreds :)

October 2, 2007 @ 5:32 PM

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