Thursday, May 31, 2007

Running the Marathon: Do I Run to Compete or Run to Finish?

I came across this article from the New York Times today about the Modern Day Marathoner. With convenient training programs, accessible information, and inspiration from celebrity marathoners, more runners than ever before are taking on the 26.2 mile journey. This article discusses the evolution of this idea and compares the current marathon training regime to how legendary runners trained in the past.

So, what do you think of this recent craze of "normal" folks taking on the marathon? I personally get inspired by everyday people who want to take on the challenge. It shows me, if they can do it, then why can't I?

What is the best way to train for a marathon? The convenient 3 to 4 day a week running jaunts (even long walks?) or the twice a day high impact runs of the 1970's? If you are an experienced or new marathoner, let us know your thoughts...