Into each runner’s life there comes a decision point: to go for it – or not to go for it. It, of course, is the marathon. The holy grail of running. Twenty six point two miles. Sue and I have decided to go for it. We chose the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Marathon because, to quote Sue, “it’s low and flat.” It’s also later in the year – and at night – so heat won’t be a factor in making it through all those miles.
Actually, the decision was made several months ago, but in the last few months it’s become real. The training is getting harder – and definitely more time consuming. “Honey, I’m going for a run. Be back in four hours.” Not only are the long runs getting longer, but the short runs are also getting longer.
The long miles are exhausting. When I come in from a long run all I want to do is sleep. I guess it’s a good thing that the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Marathon is held at night. When I get it in will be way past my bedtime.
The long miles also take a toll on one’s legs and feet. Think about it. The average person takes 2000 steps per mile. That’s – drum roll, please – 52,000 steps in the marathon. Fifty-two-thousand times my feet will hit the pavement. Training at 20 – 30 miles a week, well, you can do the math. Whew! No wonder I’ve worn out a pair of shoes in only 5 months.
We got a bit of a scare after the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.