Episode 3 – Thank you!

Thank you, I never would have made it without you.  So last Saturday I ran, walked and shuffled 14 miles. Applying the lessons learned from my previous long run (when I became so dehydrated and exhausted that I got lost), I started my day with a nice hearty breakfast and plenty of water.  It looked sunny, even though it had snowed on Friday, so I set out on my run with just a pair of shorts and a long sleeved t-shirt to protect me from the bitter wind.

I felt pretty good for the first 6 miles but by about mile 10, I was really feeling tired, sore and like I wanted to go home.  On top of all that, it was cold!  Every time the wind gusted, it took my breath away and I pretty much wanted to die. So when I considered that I could short-cut my loop and get home quick, I was almost tempted to cut and go… I mean I had valid excuses, my knees ached, my feet were sore, I was freezing.  But right at that moment, I remembered why I was running–to fight cancer!
So that’s why I need to thank YOU!  I know, it can sound corny, but seriously, small positive thoughts like this are the kind of thing that help me overcome my weakness and keep going.  Thinking about my commitment to those who are suffering and to you, my kind readers, kept me running.  When I finally made it home, I was SO COLD!  I made it upstairs and almost immediately I soaked in a lovely, hot bath until I could feel my fingers again. Then enjoyed a nice evening with my family sitting very still and playing board games.

From a training perspective, I think I am breaking pretty much every piece of good advice on my road to this 26.2 mile challenge.  When you set out to do a marathon, you don’t usually just wake up and run 26.2 miles.  Typically in a marathon training schedule, you should be running 3-4 days during the week and then you do a “long run” on the weekends.  The mid-week runs build up your strength and fitness and the long runs build your endurance and mental toughness.  Last week, I only ran the 14 mile long run–yikes!  So without the right training, I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m not getting faster.

On the bright side, I did just find out that there are a few more of our HBS friends training together for the big race.  Perhaps if I’m nice they will let me tag along on a run from time to time… heaven knows I need all the help I can get!

Well, have a great day, and thanks for helping me make it 14 miles!

Next weeks’s goals
16-18 mile long run, and meet the other HBS Marathoners.


Zack Zackrison is an EC from Old A attempting to train for the 2011 Boston Marathon. He lives on campus with his wife and 5-year-old son.

March 7, 2011
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