Tuesday, October 20, 2009


This should be a wikipedia entry: "Marathonitis is a mental disease that affects runners. It is highly contagious and transmitted through contact with other infected runners. In it mild form, it is makes people give up their lives for 18 to 24 weeks at a time while they train to put themselves through 26.2 miles of pain and discomfort. The only treatment know is to allow the patient to run said 26.2 miles, and use behavior modification a few days later by reminding them about the pain and discomfort. If successful, the patient will run fewer miles at a slower pace. If treatment is unsuccessful, Matahonitis can progress to a more serious state. In it's acute form, Marathonitis can make the subject attempt feats of superhuman effort by running multiple marathons in quick succession. . Unfortunately, while treatment may resolve symptoms, there is no cure. The only known prevention is to avoid contact with infected runners"

I am happy to report that right now I have a mild case, and am on the road to recovery. My recovery protocol this week:

Monday: 3 miles GA, stretching, core
Tuesday: 5 miles - 2 mile warm up, 4X400 intervals at 5K pace with 400 rest, 1 mile warm down
Wednesday: 3 miles GA, stretching, core
Thursday: 6.75 miles - 2 mile warm up, 3 X 1600 at MP with 400 rest, 1 mile warm down
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7 miles GA
Sunday: 30 minute tempo run (about 3 miles)
Total: Around 27.75 miles.

I know I'm in recovery because I can't tell you how nice it is to look at that schedule and *not* see any double digit runs.

I whipped out a very enjoyable 3 miler last night. And since it's Tuesday, I'll be back on the track tonight for an *easy* set of 400's. I'm back to enjoying this running thing again....


  1. Glad your back on track, literally and figuratively! :) Enjoy running and recovery running! :)

  2. Welcome back!!! Ya know, There is no cure for your condition-- Once you've caught the bug-- it's allllll over

  3. Lets face it Glenn. It is not sickness - it is your life! There is nothing wrong with that.

  4. I heartily endorse "Marathonitis" as a Wikipedia entry. And your definition is fantastic! :)

  5. I obviously have this disease as well.

  6. In addition to 'marathonitis' could there also be a diagnosis for 'half marthonitis'?

  7. Sounds like this could rival the H1N1 flu if it spreads quickly throughout the running world.

  8. I've got it. It comes from hanging out with other addicts.

  9. sequester yourself! marathonitis is a horrible thing. who would want to subject themselves to that? yuck.

    glad the recovery is going well. it is DEFINITELY a treat to "only" have shorter runs :)

  10. hilarioius and so true! I feel like I have a mild case just from reading all these race reports! It just seems so easy when I read about people running it!