This week’s cartoon serves to introduce the notion of body mutilation prior to monumental birthdays. As I feel 40 just around the corner, I have a plan for this one too. I’ve just begun an eleven month training plan to run a marathon during the last summer of my 30’s.
My plan consists of increasing distance by 10% per week. I started at walking a mile. I’m stringing together several training plans by Hal Higdon, a fellow artist and runner. I’m trying to focus on injury avoidance, and have found some guidance from Danny and Katherine Dreyer’s notion of Chi Running and a Podcast (who knew?!) by an old guy named Allan Leigh who focuses on running injury free, which he says he’s been doing for over 30 years.
Stay tuned. I have a feeling 40 is going to be far more painful than turning 30.