Friday, June 22, 2007

How not to start your marathon training plan



When you are about to start training to break a new Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon while juggling three objects, do not smash up you knee - as I did earlier this week - while trying to jump over a parking lot barricade.


This will result is a lot of pain, and many lost training miles (and even more lost training kilometres).


Once my knee heals, I'll be rearin' to go. I plan to do several weeks of pure running before I start on the full-time joggling. I want to make sure I'm in peak running shape this time around to give me that extra speed edge.


Here's some developing joggling news: I got an e-mail from my Jolly Juggler rival Zach Warren, who is currently doing some research in Dubai and Qatar. He is unable to run because of his schedule, but said he'd be up for another joggling re-match at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this September if he's back in the U.S. We thought Salt Lake would be the end, but it's too hard to stop.


In another stunning joggling development, Barry Goldmeier pulled off yet another 5-ball joggling marathon in San Diego recently, finishing with a chip time of 5 hours and 40 minutes. If you think this is slow, try juggling five beanbags ... then imagine trying to run forward for 26.2 miles while you're maintaining that juggling pattern. Barry's been trying to convince me that joggling a 5-ball marathon may not be as difficult as I think. I'm not yet convinced.


This Sunday, my wife and I will be testing out two velomobiles with Ray from bluevelo: the WAW and the Versatile. I want to see if I can get the WAW up past 50 km/h. This will give us a feel for what these HPVs (human-powered vehicles) can do. If we decide to get one, it'll probably be the Mango, which is not available for testing right now, but is best suited for city driving and for shorter drivers (ie. Dianne, who is 5'1").

6 comments:

Fran said...

Sorry to hear about the knee. Good to hear about a potential rematch right here in TO. Hope you heal up soon.

Joanna said...

Yeah, yeah, get the HPV for short people - I want to try it too! Polly and I are going to "try a tri" on the Island in August. If I ever start training.

Brian said...

Yikes. Marathon with 5. Any idea on number of drops? Just juggling 5 Balls for 5 hours is a feat. Just standing still I've never managed more than 10-12 min without a drop.

Brian Fahs

The Joggler said...

Many, many, many drops. My max for five balls standing still is about 5 minutes, so you're way ahead of me. Maybe you should go for it, Brian?

Brian said...

Need to get going with 3 balls first. RAN my first EVER 5K about 4 wks ago. Just running it in a pedestrian (for you) 27:50 was enough for me

Need to add the juggling now. But most of my running is on a Tredmill at a small excersize room at work, and I feel a little silly juggling there.

I'm probably another 6 months and 25 lbs away from publically joggling at this point.

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