It all started last week with a simple email from my editor that read: "Any interest in running the Boston marathon?" She'd been chatting with a rep from Adidas about their new miCoach training program and they decided it would be fun to challenge a Shape staffer to try it out for the upcoming Boston marathon. I'd get a spot in the race and all I'd have to do is use their program and tell you all about it. My hand was raised before I got to the end of the message.
Boston is a Big Deal. To get in, you've got to qualify, which means running under a certain time based on your age in a certified event. (For me, it's 3 hours and 40 minutes.) I've done two marathons, New York City in 2009 and Marine Corps in 2010, and while I'm proud of my finishes in both of those events, my times fall very short of qualifying for the Big Deal. Being handed a spot makes me feel like I'm cheating a bit. Sure, there will be others out there who didn't "earn" their spots either, but most of them will have raised money for charities and other worthy causes. Yeah, I'm feeling a little undeserving.
On top of that, the Boston marathon is on April 18—only 75 days away. Typically, when you're gearing up for a marathon, you want to build your mileage and start a training program 16 to 20 weeks before the event. Luckily, I love running and I log enough weekly miles (somewhere around 20) to make me feel confident that I've got a good base on my feet. I just have to hope I can get my body ready to do all 26.2 miles on one day in 11 weeks.
I'm at a disadvantage (there's just no time), so I'm hoping miCoach will give me the edge I'll need to cross the finish line. Check back soon for an update on how the program is going.
Thinking about training for a road race too? Here are some tips to get you started.