Marathon Training: 1st Entry

As I mentioned last week, my wife and I signed up to run the LiveStrong Austin Marathon on February 17th.  I have recently started trying to get some small increases in my mileage as to not hurt myself and at the same time get myself ready.  I have to say, this is an odd feeling for me.  For the first time in my life, I’m training for a race that I really have no desire to win.  As a former collegiate track athlete, I have always been running to win.  After all, what’s the point of racing if you aren’t trying to win?  Again, being a 110m hurdler, my forte has NEVER been long distance.

This race isn’t and won’t be about winning.  It won’t even be about competing.  Quite frankly, I don’t care if I finish 10th or 1000th (although I WILL NOT finish last even if it kills me).  This race is all about the journey.  It’s about pushing myself to get to a point of destination.  It’s also about support.  I’ve determined I’m going to do all I can to make sure my wife finishes this because of how much it means for her.  As I’ve gotten older, I will say that I’ve grown beyond what Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”  Not everything in life is about winning.  There are a lot of things that are a lot deeper than that.  You shouldn’t concern yourself with winning in your marriage, raising your children, and even winning isn’t the only thing in sports.  As someone who is ridiculously competitive, I can’t believe I just said that.  We just went under 75 days until the marathon, now it’s time to get serious with training.  Next week, I’ll talk a little about my plan.

Yours in Health,

Dr. James Ashley, DC

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