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Hello, I’m Perezoso and I’m going to run the Madrid marathon in April, 2013. I’m thirty-six years old, overweight, have a slightly gammy left knee, am painfully prone to procrastination, and my wife (quite justifiably) thinks I should clean the toilet more often. In short, I am a bloke. A rather stubborn bloke, to be sure, and that stubbornness is currently focussed on dragging myself through a thirty week – zero to hero – training program in preparation for the Madrid marathon, 2013. Why Madrid? Because it’s where I live (more or less). Why a marathon? Because I have spent far too many years sitting on my ever-expanding arse and I want to prove to myself that I can do something difficult. Why this forum thread? Because I hope that by sharing my journey I may find some support and encouragement, and maybe even encourage a few others in turn.
As I write this I am already a week and a half into my training program. I ran 5k this evening and that makes me happy – happy that I’m doing it, happy that I can, and happy that my left knee isn’t hurting too much; oh, and happy that I stopped sweating within an hour of finishing this time(!). I live in a little town north of Madrid – up in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama – and tonight I was treated to the most beautiful electrical storm dancing over the peaks as I ran along the edge of town. Even the local lads up by the library, crowded around their car smoking a “special cigarette”, stopped to appreciate the view. On down past the sports centre I ran, off the road and onto the dirt track that leads down to the industrial estate. Note to self: don’t run here again at night – the storm was mesmerizing, Madrid was gleaming away to my left, the air was fresh and ozoneous, but! I couldn’t see jack and the darkling solitude, quite frankly, gave me the willies. Tomorrow it’s a 3k, and then 6k on Sunday. Tick, tick, tick – one foot in front of the other, and twenty-eight and a half weeks from now the whole shebang – the Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid marathon – death or glory – and maybe a free t-shirt.
I hope you’ll join me on this Iberian Odyssey. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from this forum, and now I’d like to give something back.