I plan to enter and take part in the Sydney Marathon on Sunday, 19 September, 2010.
Let me state from the start, that I am not a great runner. I’m six foot two inches tall; I weigh about 95kg and consider myself to be a middle of the pack ‘ Clydesdale ’. But I do love running.
This blog is my way of tracking and recording my progress towards my goal of completing the Sydney Marathon. I will post training updates, race reports, articles and reviews about distance running as well as my thoughts and observations along the way.
When I’ve told people about my decision to run a marathon, I’ve generally been greeted with three distinct responses.
The most positive responses generally come from fellow runners. These people tend to ‘get it’ and like the idea of a challenge, the effort that comes with training for a big race over a number of months, the excitement that comes with taking part on the big day and the satisfaction of doing your best no matter what the final result or finishing time.
The negative responses generally come from people who aren’t runners, (not surprisingly). These people tend to associate running with pain and /or unnecessary effort. They may be sedentary, or they may be active but just don’t like running. In nearly all cases they’ve never actually tried running for themselves. For these people when I say, “I’ve decided to run a marathon”, I may as well be saying “I’ve decided to spend four hours scaping my fingernails down a blackboard”.
However, there is a third type of response. I don’t hear it too often, but it’s a response worth mentioning here. The third group of people are the ones who respond by saying: “Wow, I’d love to do something like that one day”, or “Gee, I’d like to run or get fit, but I just don’t seem to have the time or the motivation”.
I have no delusions about the number of people who will read this blog, but I hope that it will at least provide a source of encouragement for a person or two in this third group – those who aspire to running or simply getting off what running ‘podfather’ Steve Runner calls the *couch of doom*. As I said, I’m not a great runner, my aim here would be to have people look at me huffing and puffing to the end of a marathon and think, “Well, if a big old doofus like him can do it, then maybe I can as well”.
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