Night time spectators

Posted on: October 2, 2012

The November 3, 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll  Marathon in Savannah, Ga.  is getting closer.  My husband, who is training for the event, is starting to do strange things — like running in the middle of the night.  He is cruising on country roads alarming curious farm animals.   I asked him to write me a guest blog to get into his head about this odd behavior.  Turns out it is not too odd — it’s actually normal for the preparation of a 26 mile race.

George Ellis, guest blogger who is training for the big M:

This past Sunday, I woke up at 4AM and quietly slipped out of my warm bed.  I put on my running shirt, running shorts, running shoes, running watch, my running hat (backwards) and strapped on my iPod.  After letting the dogs out, I ate a banana and a peanut butter sandwich, grabbed my water bottle, kissed my sleeping wife goodbye and hit the streets for a 20 mile run.  This is marathon training.

In four short weeks, my brother and I will toe the line at the Roll ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Savannah, GA.  Both of us are experienced runners and both have run marathons.  But we both know that to run the 26.2 mile distance, you need to prepare your body and your soul.

As many accomplished athletes have said “you can jump from the couch to a 10K, a 10 miler, even a half marathon.  But a marathon?  You can’t just call that one in!”

I can’t really say exactly why long training runs are necessary before an actual marathon, but I know it’s important for me to find my marathon pace.  It’ also important to know the size of my gas tank and what fuel works best.  Once determined, I change nothing.

This particular run started in the early morning darkness, so I found it easy to keep one foot on the break, running even and patient.  Running long distances helps me find that realistic rhythm that keeps me, well, running.


2 Responses to "Night time spectators"

I’ll be there too :) This is my first (and probably only) marathon… I miss the gym too much!

The Rock and Roll Series sounds like a good time. Hurray! to you for tackling your first marathon. Once you finish, after a few days I bet you consider a second. Good luck!

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