I have been training on a treadmill to prepare for a climb of Mt Rainier next year. Also to improve my health and fitness. I have a book titled High Performance Heart: Effective Training with the HRM for Health, Fitness and Competition that talks about training witha heart monitor which i also bought. I have been walking on the treadmill everyday, sometimes twice a day. When I say walk, I mean a brisk walk of about 4 miles per hour. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. But I have been trying to keep my heart rate around 130-140. In the short time I have been doing this, I have had to increase my speed to keep my HR in the same range. I am getting to the point where I almost need to jog. It is kind of hard to walk at 4.4mph. But when I jog, my HR goes up, and then I start to walk again. But soon, I hope to be able to jog, and keep my HR in my aerobic range.
But as I was on the treadmill the one day (I did about 6.5 miles while watching a movie), I was thinking that maybe a marathon could be fun. I have never run a Marthon. I have never even run a half marathon. I thought why not do the Boston Marthon! Thats the big one. I figured I could do 26.2 miles. So what if it took me 6 hours. So I decided to do the Boston Marathon. But maybe I got a little ahead of myself. I went to website for the Boston Marathon, and found that it is on April 16th. Eight months. I have eight months to train. No problem. But then after further research, I found that you need to QUALIFY for the Boston Marathon! I would have to run (yes RUN) another marathon in 3 hours 20 minutes! So much for the thought of 6 hours! Some calculations reveal that I would have to average about 7.86MPH! I might be able to do that by April. But the problem is that I would have to do it faster than that as I would need to race another marathon earlier than that. It might already be too late to qualify for the April 2007 marathon. I don’t know. I could maybe try for the 2008 marathon. I would have to travel to one of the qualifying marathons such as in Toronto or New York. Meanwhile, I bought a book on how to train for a marathon titled Four Months To A Four Hour Marathon. Of course, I will have to do better than 4 hours to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I also ordered another book titled The Looniness of the Long Distance Runner: An Unfit Londoner’s Attempt to Run the New York City Marathon from Scratch. I think it would be fun to have run a marathon. It would also be good training for my climbing and karate tournaments.