Sunday, May 2, 2010
I'm Ready for "The Wall"!
I went for my last 20 mile run on Saturday Morning. When I showed up one of my friends said "Ken! You have a runners body now!" I shrugged the comment off but it was quite a compliment. My training has gone extremely well these past few weeks. I've been concentrating on the last two goals I set out earlier this year to complete. Get my weight down to 190 and complete the Great Wall of China Marathon.
I'm happy to say I've finally gotten to 190 and i've been able to sustain it over the past week. I owe it to lots of good training and a diet of mainly fish and vegetables. I also checked my body fat percentage with the fancy machine they use at The Point fitness club and it reported my body fat 10.2%. That's a level I've never been able to sustain. I'm very happy with that!
Now it's all about the wall! This is what I've been working towards for the past 6 months. I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm ready. Deep down I guess I wish I would have concentrated more on hill and stair climbing but I think I'll be ok. No matter what I would have done I would have doubts. I guess it's natural.
Many people have asked me. "What's your goal for the Great Wall Marathon?" Quite simply my goal is to finish and enjoy the run. I already know this will be the most demanding race of my life with a massive hill profile and over five thousand stairs. There will be no personal records for time this day.
The experience of running the race is enough for me and I can't wait. Less than two weeks till I face THE WALL!