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Marathon Quest 250

When I woke up this morning I was surprised to hear a story on the radio about a guy in Alberta who is running 250 marathons this year! I was not able to hear the entire radio clip so I had to search on the internet to find out what the full story was .

It turns out that Martin Parnell is running five marathons a week between January 1 and December 31, 2010. Most of his marathons are being run close to home in Cochrane and he has also run Vancouver, Calgary and Boston this year.

In case you are wondering, the reason for his quest is to raise $250,000 for Right to Play. Here is the link to his website where you can follow and support his impressive quest.

Sunday Run

I went out for another run with my daughter in her Chariot this morning. Since it was cool and rainy when we headed out around 9:00 this morning it took me twice as long as usual to get out of the house due to the extra layers both of us needed to wear in order to keep warm.

I am glad I did make effort to get up early and take her with me this morning as the recent cold weather we have had has served as a reminder that winter is on the way. Soon enough I will not be able to bring my daughter with me on my weekend runs because the roads will be covered in snow, we had snow Thursday night although it did not stick, and I will be back to running on my own.

For now I will continue to take advantage of bringing her with me as much as I can.

Running Connection to the Chilean Mine Rescue

Unless you have completely avoided the news for the last two months your are probably familiar with the story of the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued yesterday. It is hard to imagine how the miners were able to keep themselves going for 69 days while stuck nearly half a mile under the earth’s surface.

It turns out Edison Pena kept himself going by running approximately 5-10 km daily. Not only did he have to contend with the heat and humidty in the mine, he also had to deal cigarette smoke when rescuers decided to provide Pena’s fellow miners with a ration of 40 cigarettes per day.

After hearing of the story, the CEO of the New York Road Runners decided to invite Pena to take part in the New York City Marathon as a participant or a guest. Hopefully he is able to take them up on the offer!

Best Run of the Year

I just came across this article about the author’s final run before before the Chicago marathon. He describes that run as his best run of the year.

There is no question that the last run before a marathon feels different than all others. Your last run before a marathon does not have the added pressure of making sure you complete a certain distance or stick to a certain pace as you are just getting out to keep your legs loose after all of the mileage you have completed in training.

I can also relate to the emotions the author says he felt as he completed his last run. It is a great feeling to get out for that final run knowing that you have survived the months of training and 100’s of kilometers of training in order to make it to race day. When I completed my last run before PEC just over a week ago I probably had a big smile on my face the whole time partly due to a sense of pride in what I had accomplished in my training over the summer and also due to being excited about the fact that my next run would be the marathon I had spent four months training for. It is a feeling that makes you realize how rewarding an experience training for a marathon can be.

What makes an elite runner

Ever wonder what it would be like to be an elite runner? This article describes what sets elite runners apart from everyday runners.

The article isn’t really surprising although a couple of points caught my eye. The first being how quickly they go through shoes. At 2.5-3 months I thought I was going through quickly while training for a marathon but elite runners go through a pair of shoes every 2-4 weeks.

The other point was that elite runners tend to be injured once a month. I guess it really shouldn’t be surprising when they are pushing themselves as hard as they are in training.

Running Shoes

I enjoy the challenge that comes with preparing for being able to run a marathon to the best of my abilities. I find it to be truely rewarding experience when I am able to cross the finish line on race day after all the training and preparation that goes into being able to run marathon. As mentioned in previous posts, I have run two marathons already and will be running another one in less than two weeks.

If there is one thing that does that gets me about preparing for a marathon it is the speed at which I go through a pair of shoes. Since most shoes are good for roughly 700 km of running, when training for a marathon and you are completing anywhere from 200-400 + km in a month you can expect your shoes to last about three months before they need replacing.

I have lost count of how many pairs I have been through so far this year. I think I am probably on my third pair so far. My current pair of shoes was purchased in August and already has around 350 km of use so far! As an aside, I started keeping track of the mileage on my shoes after I experienced a knee injury while I was training for my first half-marathon. Although not the only factor, continuing to use a pair of worn out shoes contributed to that injury.

At $130-140 it does get a little expensive if you decide to run multiple half-marathons or marathons in a year. However, I think it is a small price to pay for the health benefits that I get  from running along with the rewarding feeling that comes from crossing the finish line on race day after the months of training it takes to prepare for a marathon or even a half-marathon.