I am worried I’m getting old.
Last week I went to the doctors to have my ears syringed, my minimum font size is now up to 10 point and I’ve started to enjoy gardening. All the signs are there.
So I’ve decided to give myself a challenge that an old person would be mad to attempt to prove that I’m not quite over the hill yet. I’m going to run the Tokyo marathon in 2017.
Now, this is the plan but there is no guarantee that I will be able to get in as entry is on a lottery. If I don’t get in, I’ll have to run something else, but I’m going to attempt a marathon some how.
This is going to require a lot of preparation. For the last couple of years, I’ve been slowly trying to make changes to my lifestyle in order to live longer. I’ve been pescatarian now for two years and I’ve cut down on dairy except milk in my tea and cheese because a life without cheese is no life at all.
Then in September, I decided to get really serious and stopped drinking. My goal at the time was to make it until Christmas but I managed to keep on going right through the holiday and into January. After five months of not drinking, I felt absolutely miserable. I decided this was not sustainable and decided to tweak my plan a bit. I now pick one drinking occasion a month. January was a trip to the robot restaurant in Tokyo, February was a ski weekend in Hakuba and March was the St Patrick’s Day weekend. This month I have a date to share a bottle of Cloudy Bay with the fabulous Mrs Rossing.
Also in September I decided to start the 5/2 fasting plan. My friend Kim has been doing this for a couple of years now and when I was visiting with him last summer, I thought he was insane. Then I saw the Horizon program What’s the Right Diet for You which discussed this plan and I decided to give it a go. So I now only eat 500 calories on Monday and Tuesday and just try to eat sensibly every other day. On the sensible days, I don’t deny myself anything but I try to not overeat. It is so much simpler than counting calories.
Since this time last year, I have lost almost 12 kg. I’ve just got four more kilos to lose to make my goal marathon weight!
Now I’m concentrating on starting my training plan. The 2017 Tokyo marathon will happen in March so I have plenty of time to prepare. I’ve had a foot injury for almost a year that just isn’t going away and a crunchy knee that I decided to see a physio about. I made an appointment for the first week of the Spring break and I left Tokyo Physio armed with a collection of exercises to do and a tonne of bruises from the sports massage. It was agony but the physio assured me it was necessary. I had a session again last week and the massage hurt a lot less this time. Apparently that’s progress!
Work starts again on Monday and my plan is to run 3 times a week and go to the gym twice a week for the rest of the semester (ten weeks) to try and get back into a regular training pattern. After that, I’ll reassess and look at working on increasing speed and distance.
So that’s the plan in a nutshell. Now I need advice especially from anyone who has run a marathon before. Recommendations for training plans and any other tips and pointers would be appreciated. I’m going to keep blogging about my progress to try and keep motivated and for accountability and I’m tracking all my training on my RunKeeper too.
My next step is the Paracup 10km race tomorrow. I want to finish in under an hour and be able to walk on my sore foot later on that afternoon. If I can run 10 km successfully tomorrow, surely 42 km won’t be a problem in 12 months time!
Jim says that it is a balanced plan. He says to work up to two long runs each week. 20 to 30 ks each. Should take 6 months to work up to that. Good luck for tomorrow. Btw – that weight loss is impressive.
Thanks Amanda and Jim. I might aim to do a half marathon in October (6 months from now) to help with the build up.
woo hoo! We can come cheer for the race 🙂
That would be great!
Great will power! Well done for making all the positive changes and good luck going forward 🙂
Thanks Helen. Hopefully I can do it!
Yep, Your getting old! Great work with the diet and lifestyle stuff! In my experience of marathon running (n=1) having and sticking to a training program, not going too much and too soon, and enjoying the long slow run as a chance to go for a trot and eat lots of lollies were key. I found also that a heart rate monitor was useful too. Good luck (and I’m thinking about it again too!) Ed Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 12:09:17 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Ed! Why did you find the heart rate monitor useful? I have one but used it a couple of times when I first got it, but didn’t know what to do with the information so it has been sitting in a cupboard after the first few tries.
I haven’t settled on a proper training program yet. First of all I’m just trying to get back into a steady schedule – 3 runs a week and 2 trips to the gym a week. I have 10 weeks before school hols so I’m going to try to maintain that for the rest of the term and then start a training program to work up to a half marathon in Oct/Nov time. Once I have that distance covered, I then want to start the 16 week marathon training plan I’ve found on the RunKeeper.
What program did you use? Got a link?
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