I kind of saw this coming, but then maybe I did not. I started a new workout regime in July. It’s called Kosama – Full Body Transformation. It is a bootcamp style workout with high intensity workouts every day. I am in my 6th week now doing Kosama and I can definitely feel the difference. I lost some (fat) weight, I gained some (muscle) weight, and I have more energy … a lot more energy. I am still far away from being fully body transformed (just kidding), but the progress of the last 6 week has been very positive.
I am actually a runner and have been doing running for the last 6 years. I never ran a race, but I ran a couple of half-marathon distances just for fun. For a long time already I am kind of considering to sign up for a Marathon and make the commitment, but I never did. Two jobs back a new manager tried to convince me to run a Marathon with him, but I could stand the guy and so I let that opportunity pass.
I talked to a friend this week and somehow we talked fitness, working out, and running and of course I mentioned that maybe one day I will run a Marathon. After that conversation it kind of struck me. There would always be a “maybe one day” and I would never run a Marathon. I still was not sure, but I started looking for races in my area (Denver), but there is only one Marathon event this fall and it is going on while I am out of town. I remembered seeing an advertisement for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas, Nevada and I started checking it out. While the Denver Marathon has a 6 hour max time to complete the race, the one in Las Vegas has a limit of 5 hours and several street sections have cutoff times. If you miss the window you either have to give up or be shuttled ahead and pick up the race from there. That worried me a bit. I did more thinking and soul searching and also talked to my wife about it and later that evening a decision was made: I would take on this challenge and run the Las Vegas Marathon.
I registered for the event last night. I will run my first ever Marathon in Las Vegas on November 17th of 2013
Gosh, I am on the hook now. I even posted this to my Facebook page to further increase the pressure for myself. I am motivated for sure, but I also want to hold myself accountable.
Now I have to come up with a training plan to make sure I am prepared. I think I have a good foundation to start of with. The Kosama workout is pretty intensive and it is helping a lot to build up a strong core and back which is critical for longer runs. It is a full body workout and that should do the trick on that side. As mentioned I am doing this for about 6 weeks already and I also worked out about 45-60 minutes per day before I started Kosama.
All I have to do now is to add more running to the mix and make sure I combine and design my exercise plan correctly. I have 87 days left until the race and I ran a half-Marathon distance 4 weeks ago. I also hiked up a difficult 14er (Longs Peak) 5 weeks ago (16 miles total distance | 9 hours total) carrying a (medium) heavy backpack. So, I think (I hope) that this should be do-able. I am less concerned about the distance, but more about the 5 hours and the individual cutoffs during the race. I am looking at 10 minute miles or maybe 10 minutes and 30 seconds per mile as the minimum speed, but that does not give me much room for failure, so ideally I need to push for a time right below 10 minutes per mile. I don’t know, it probably looks stupid what I wrote, but I’ll figure it out.
This coming Saturday I will do another long preparation run to better understand where I am now after doing Kosama for a bit. I am not sure yet if I shoot for 13 miles and a 2 hour time or if I go for more distance. We’re still in the middle of summer and it gets hot even early in the morning. I need to plan for water and energy refueling along the way for sure.