So, upon returning from a family vacation in Wisconsin, I stopped by the local running shoe store. After more than two hours, I left with nice new running shoes, socks, running shorts and a book, Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide about training for and running marathons by Hal Higdon. After reading the book I was ready to start training. I went to his web site and decided to use his Novice Training schedule as my training guide. My goal is to run the Jacksonville, FL Marathon on 15 December, 2001.
You can follow my progress here if you choose. As time permits, I'll document more of my experiences with marathon training here and hopefully will write up my experience after running the marathon.
My family will be happy to know that the last 17 miles were run for you. I picked a mile for each family member (on both sides) and mentally had you helping and encouraging me to get through that particular mile. It really did help. :)
You can see the official results here or you can click here to see my local copy and directly find Brian's results, Marybeth's results, or her brother John's results.