Over the last 12 years I have been running races and working out religiously, but have never done a Marathon. For those not familiar with the term Marathon, I included a brief history borrowed from Wikipedia: The marathon is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards, or exactly 267⁄32 miles) that is usually run as a road race. The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.
Some would ask why I have never done a marathon, and my answer is simple- I never wanted to dedicate that much time to running. This year, 2009 will be the year that I finally get a marathon under my belt. I will be running Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon on December 12th. With the race only a few weeks away, training will be my major focus. After a bit of research, I have decided to follow Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Marathon Training Schedule, which can be found here. So far the program has been working well. My legs and body are gradually adjusting to increased mileage without any injury or pain.