Re: marathon vs half marathon training

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Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the feedback.

My running story has a few twists. 3 years ago I was in an accident and had severe never damage to my lower right leg. I got out of the hospital on a walker, was fitted for a leg brace and told I would never walk normally again. My mission in life became to walk again and within a year I ditched the leg brace and over the past year and a half I’ve been able to begin running. It wasn’t pretty at first but now you can’t tell anything was ever wrong. While not fast I’m able to do 9 minute miles in a 5k and this morning I ran a training run 13.1 miles long in 2:20:32. Very slow but not bad for a guy who was never going to be able to walk again. I always finish in the bottom third of the pack but have never been last in a race. I’ll definitely take it! 😉

Anyway, I think I’m going to spend the most time over the next few months sharpening my half marathon times and try to get closer to 2:00 by the time of the races in November. I’ll set my half marathon long runs to 20 miles to build endurance for the halfs and use that base to build to 28 miles for the marathon. I’ve got from November to February to get ready for the marathon. I should be able to go from 20 to 28 miles over 4 months without too much trouble.

As to why I’m doing the marathon? Because I can! Being able to walk and run is a gift.