Re: NO you don’t know…

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r-at-work
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as I tell my kids all the time “No, you don’t know”… if you did you would NOT run the marathon…

you’re marathon entry is what is known in business as a “sunk cost” that is, no matter how you proceed you will not get your money back… what you MAY do is some great physical harm by proceeding with your plan…

that being said I can also say that several years ago I pulled a calf muscle during my marathon build up, slipping on ice, and only had gotten back to a long run of ten miles and decided that I would run the first ten and then stop, my husband who OBVIOUSLY knew me better than I knew myself said that he would expect me home about 2:30 that afternoon… I did run the first 10 miles, then walked and jogged the last 16…it can be done… IF you can for once in your life (sorry, I know I sound like a mom, but that’s what I am) actually listen to you body…

run the first ‘whatever’ at a training pace (that’s 1:30 to 2 minutes slower than the marathon pace you have TRAINED for)… then walk a minute every 8-10 minutes of jogging… very similiar to what Jeff Galloway suggests as training… now since you have not trained for any marathon pace, and 5-6 miles does not constitute marathon training I would say you should JOG the whole thing with a minute walk break EVERY mile unless you start hurting, in that case STOP…

why would you take the chance of really hurting yourself? and by the way… even with the most optimistic of schedules (14 day taper) you actually only have 3 weeks of training…

for the others on this BB, please understand that as a mom with a 13 year old and a 17 year old I am actually not in favor of this scheme but I realize that “you just can’t tell some people”… and while it worked for me, I don’t consider the 5:59:30 that I needed to finish the DC marathon much to be proud of, but I did it on the assumption that it would be the first of many and I would have done the first, hah… the organizer walked away with the entry fees the second year and I learned a valuable lesson…

-Rita