Posted by: runawaynotes | July 17, 2012

Marathon training program orientation

It finally hit me today: I really did it. I really signed up for the full marathon training program. This thought finally sank in when I was looking at my name on the list of training program participants and the numbers “4:20” next to it. This is my assigned goal race time, which I believe puts my race pace around 9:55.

This was my 5th orientation with the Dallas Running Club (I’ve done their Beginner program, Intermediate program, and two Half Marathon training programs), but I don’t think I’ve ever had butterflies in my stomach the way I did today. The entire time I was sitting there listening to the training director describe the benefits of running with a group, my mind kept racing from “Woo-hoo!” to “Eeek!”

I have only gotten a glance at my training schedule, but it looks like my first long run of the season will be 7 miles long (this Saturday), and the longest one will be 22 miles. So, I will still need to figure out how to do the last 4.2 miles by myself. But hey, as our assistant training director said, if running a marathon was easy, everyone would do it 🙂 And as I have told my friend (who will be training for a 2:15 half marathon), “We are not going to die. We are just going to wish we did”.




  1. I remember that same feeling when I signed up for my first marathon, something like, “What have I gotten myself into now?” So excited for you!

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