The month of August is going to be a barren month, race wise that is. Either I'm totally in the dark or there really isn't any races scheduled in my part of the world this month. Even the wife is complaining about lack of races ... LOL!
The earliest race that we have scheduled is The Siemens 10K which is only in September and even then it's closer to the end of the month. If anyone does know of a race in August, I would be eternally grateful if you keep me in the loop.
Anyways, at least the lack of races will give me time to work out a decent marathon programme for myself. I'm thinking of trying to run my first ever FM either before the year end or the beginning of next year at the very least. Other than reading through online marathon tips, I have no idea how to prepare for one.
I probably could run a FM in my present state but heck, I'd probably suffer just trying to finish it. I have this mindset of only wanting to attempt the FM when I'm completely ready and know for a fact that I can do it in a comfortable time. I want my first ever FM to be an enjoyable one and not something that I want to do just for the sake of having full marathon status under my belt.
And for that reason, I've been reading a lot about full marathon preparation. Like I said earlier, I have no idea how to prepare for a full marathon. I've done some research online and while there is a whole load of full marathon training programmes, they're all totally different in their approaches. It confused the heck out of me. Which one to follow? Which one not to follow? Is this the best training programme? Will this work for me? So many questions and so little answers.
In the end, I'm just going to go with the gut feel. I'll work on the basis of a progressive training programme. Slowly but steadily build up the mileage with more regular days of running, some speed and hill work with a few 30K long runs under my belt and learn to listen to what my body tells me. I don't know if that will work or not but I suppose I'll know deep inside when I'm really ready for a full marathon.
There are a few things on my 'to do' list and one of them is to complete my first ever full marathon soon. The other is to one day (and it's a big one day) to try my hand or rather legs in an ultra-marathon event, though let me just get through my first FM before even thinking along those lines ... LOL!