Sunday, May 06, 2007

2007年春季馬拉松訓練 / Marathon Training for Spring 2007

I just began Week #16 of my 18-week marathon training program. Today's long run was 20.8 miles and I felt all right after. From here on, I would decrease the training mileage and give my body a chance to recover. The upcoming running marathon will be my 2nd this year and 8th overall.

Training for cross-country skiing or running marathons takes up a lot of a person's time. One really has to plan four to five months ahead, set personal goals, be very discipline (rain, snow or shine), spend hours on week-days and week-ends skiing or running, monitor injuries and progress, and be willing to change goals when circumstances change. The last part is the most difficult. It's a bit like mountaineering when, within sight of the summit, a decision has to be made to go on, take a lesser objective, or turn back. It's often a battle between the heart (I must succeed) and the head (but what are the risks and at what price). Just like our journey in life, marathon training is constantly a balancing act and a judgement call; and more often than not, the end does not justify the means, especially when there is a high risk of lingering injuries.

14 comments:

San Wen Ji said...

willing to change goals when circumstances change. <----so true

xiao zhu said...

Haricot, I can see you in a beautiful picture. The scene, the heart, so moving.

暗黑的卡夫卡 said...

Mr.豆: I think your ultimate is not in anywhere but HK...if you can survive the HK ones with all the smog and crap...then you can truly say you are the "postmodern" Iron man!!!

Mind if I add your link? =)

x: Its almost criminal not to go outside in the summer...especially now since we are getting the better end of global warming in Canada...

to myself: I need to get my M license done this summer, I will try to start the 5k though...my friend runs a lot as well and I think that will be a good start.

xiao zhu said...

K,

I'm smiling.^_^

微豆 said...

San Wen Ji: Yeah, that's one thing I have learnt in life - be realistic in setting goals.

微豆 said...

Xiao Zhu: Thanks for keeping me in a good light, which I don't always deserve.

微豆 said...

暗黑的卡夫卡:

I havn't been back to HK in years so I don't know whether pollution is getting better or worse. Okay, I admit, I will never be a postmodern ironman (the one with the iron lung probably). I will stick to olympic distance swim-bike-run!!!

5K is indeed a good start. You might wish to talk to someone from The Running Room or other specialty stores about investing in a moderately priced pair of running shoes for your feet (factors: stability, pronation, supination, heel-stike etc)

Have fun and enjoy!!!

微豆 said...

暗黑的卡夫卡:

Oh, forgot re adding link...

I don't mind at all and am honoured :)

xiao zhu said...

Hey, man, if you feel like not deserved, show me more of your dark side then. I'd like to feel more. :P

vicky said...

Thanks, i will remember your words.

微豆 said...

Xiao Zhu: Okay, start listening to The Dark Side of the Moon, then ... (I am pulling your leg).

Seriously, We all have our yin and yang, and ups and downs. I mean I did like driving fast when I was young (not anymore) and did a lot of "young people" things back then.

微豆 said...

Vicky: You are welcome :)

Josefina said...

厲害!能夠堅持跑馬拉松,真的需要很多的體力和精神,加油! :)

微豆 said...

Josefina: 多謝鼓勵,暫時體力和精神仍在,但生活工作忙,訓練時間就不多了。

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