My name is Glenn Januska, I’m 54 years old and I am training for my first marathon. The Casper Marathon, Sunday, June 7th to be more specific. There, I said it. A couple months back when I decided to train to run a marathon, I wasn’t sure I was going to tell anyone. A part of me thought if I didn’t say anything, I would have an out if things came up that prevented me from completing my training program. While running 26.2 miles is obviously going to be physically challenging, for me I believe the hardest part is going to be the mental aspect of the training. I’m good at justifying and talking myself out of doing things I want to do, but maybe not want to do ‘that’ much. A running friend of mine suggested reading The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer. That book, and the training plan it includes, will be the plan I follow. The book says the only two things that can keep you from achieving the goal of finishing a marathon is getting injured during training and your attitude. At 54 years old, I’m not a spring chicken, but I have been running for over 5 years and, knock on wood, have not had any injuries that have kept me from running. My attitude must be that I can do this, and I’m working on that as much as I’m working on the physical aspects. So, you now all know that I’m going to run in the marathon, and I’m going to finish. There’s no going back now!
This blog is going to chronical the journey. I’m hoping that for those who have trained and run a marathon, it may bring back memories or provoke a laugh. For those who are training for their first, let’s do this together. I’m part of two running forms online, Marathon Runners and The I Love to Run Community, and really enjoy following others marathon, half-marathon, or even those running their first 5K (3.1 miles) journeys. Finally, maybe I can inspire a non-runner to start running, or to get off the couch and walk a block, or run a block, or train for a marathon! I am the poster child for ‘if I can do it, anyone can do it’. Up until 5 years ago I didn’t run, had never run, and had no desire to. I love to hear stories of what has motivated others to run, and I have a very personal reason too, but that’s a story for a different day.
While I try to run 4 times per week, my formal training program begins February 18th. For those in the Casper community you may see me running around, participating in some of the many 5K races we have in town, and of course for those planning on running in the Casper Marathon, whether for the ½ or the full marathon, I’ll see you there. I’ll be the 55 (then) year old at the finish line!