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Marathon multiplier: Week 1

Not only did I survive the first week of the marathon multiplier, I crushed it. As of this morning I have ran 53.5 km or 33 and a quarter miles for the metrically challenged out there, leaving me a little over 73 km (45.3 miles) to run between now and February 6. I think it’s totally doable. In fact I started to run shorter distances as of this morning aiming for a faster average pace. I really want to be able to run a 5k under 25 mn… For whatever reason…

In all fairness my average pace was slow all of last week but I had to deal with some pretty bad weather conditions, particularly Sunday morning when everything was covered with about an inch of ice. I had a couple of scares running downhill in the northern part of the park.

The weather forecast for this coming week is a little bit of snow but mostly very cold, no single digit temperatures though (just checked the latest forecast, there will be one night at 9), and that I can handle.

The marathon multiplier puts me at 80 km (50 miles) year to date and we’re January 13! I can’t believe I had to wait to be 42 to discover I could do all this running.

Probably not such a good idea

With Nike + you can set yourself goals but you can also sign up for challenges with other Nike + runners. I’ve joined 24 challenges so far that I consider doable, I might have stepped over the line however with number 25.Enters “The Marathon Multiplier (1/3)“. Here is what it’s all about:

“This is only for the very toughest Nike+ runners. How many Marathons can you run in a month?

A series of challenges. We start with three in the first month, four in the second and five in the final month. Keep up and you’re in the second month. Whoever can keep the pace until the end of month three wins the respect of the forums. Are you up for it?”

So errr yesI’m going to have to run the equivalent of a marathon every week for the next 3 weeks to make it through the first monthand that’s of course in Januarywhen the weather is the best in New York. Not that it really concerns me, I was running on New Year’s day by 15 degrees, I’m just hoping there’ll be no snow storms.

If you’re scrolling down the list in the little Nike + widget I’m currently number 54 because I was the 54th runner to sign up. Challenge starts on January 5.

I’ll be posting updates... Yes I know, I’m crazy.