Pronunciation: \ˈmer-ə-ˌthän, ˈma-rə-\
Etymology: Marathon, Greece, site of a victory of Greeksover Persians in 490
b.c., the news of which was carried to Athens by a long-distance runner
1 : a long-distance race: a : a footrace run on an open
course usually of 26 miles 385 yards (42.2 kilometers) b : a race other than a
footrace marked especially by greatlength 2 a : an endurancemcontest b :
something (as an event, activity, or session) characterized by great length or
Marathons loom as incredibly intimidating feats over an average person such as myself. An ancient Grecian runner I am not. I'm just a college student that can barely collect enough concentrated effort to finish homework assignments.
After the jarring realization that I recently entered my final year of college however, I've decided to actively pursue some goals that have been hibernating in my mind for the past couple years. After successfully finishing a half marathon last fall, I knew that someday a full 26.2 miles would be in order. Now seems like as good a time as ever.
I've got a training schedule, good running shoes, the Abilene Eisenhower marathon in April, and a varying degree of sanity to help me complete the task. The actual date for the Eisenhower marathon hasn't been posted online yet, but it's sometime between early to mid April. I figure I have roughly 30-31 weeks to train, which should theoretically provide plenty of time to prepare. Theoretically. I intend to upload my training schedule, once I figure out how...
Anyway, so the marathon is going to be my project this semester/year. I figure at the very least it will give me something to regularly blog about.
Today I ran 2 miles on this lovely fall afternoon. Until tomorrow!
Edit: Here's my marathon training schedule!