time for me to put something down on paper (as such) here and come clean on my ambitions.
Bit of a background first, just over a year ago (beginning of October 2010), a friend of mine got us to sign up for the Sea2summit. First training run, just kept going as far as my leg would take me without stopping to walk, a grand total of 2km. Bit heartbreaking at the time, but it got me started. Last year did a few long cycles (ring of kerry), and a couple of adventure races (Achill Roar (short), and sea2summit again).
None of this was done very fast, but that was never the target, and I was just delighted to finish.
Wanted to keep it up, and this year set the target of a marathon. This is a more daunting challenge, as my knees historically have not been good, and I generally suffered after anything more than 5km (hence the cycling, bit easier on the joints).
So the aim was/is the DCM. An opportunity came up for a nice prep race at the end of April in the US, in Nashville. So over the Christmas, I signed up for that HM.
I started training based on the Hal Higdon Novice training program, but started with the full marathon training. My logic being, worst case, if I have any injuries/illness, I'll still be well able for it, and won't be a wasted trip. Best case scenario, I might actually be able for the full. That's where it all started.