Our first week of training for the Route 66 Marathon has come and gone and it is “Great” to see so many faces of both new runners and seasoned runners—people I know and those I don’t know.
Due to new construction on the trails at River Parks, the Saturday morning training runs begin at Veteran’s Park and over to a small portion of River Parks. I prefer that location. It’s closer to me in miles and it covers some of the actual marathon course.
Tulsa is actually very humid, so I’m glad the training runs start at 6:45 am so we don’t have to endure both humidity and heat. As the temps start to climb, we’ll meet even earlier than that. (Yeah!)
Earlier this year I found out first hand why training is so important. I ran the Oklahoma Memorial half marathon in April and paid for lack of training. I didn’t run from Jan 1, 2008 until I ran the OKC Memorial Half-Marathon on April 27th whish was a big mistake.
Tired and untrained, I fell and skinned up both knees and crossed the finish line with blood running down my shins. (ugh) Needless to say, I learned my lesson. I vow to train, train, train.
Back to group training…
I met a lot of nice people. I ran the three miles with a young lady named Gayle. She hasn’t run a marathon before but she attended the Boston Marathon with a friend a few years ago. That’s what gave her the incentive to run her own marathon. Actually, she’s running the half. She works at one of the local hospitals in the medical records department. I really enjoyed our conversation.
We have roughly 22 weeks of training in front of us. During this time, I plan to train long and hard.