M is for Marathon

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Comrades Training Stats:

  • Race Date: Sunday May 29th 2011
  • Race Distance: 89km
  • Training Km's Target (Jan 1st to May 28th): 1292km
  • Training Km's Actual: 146km (1.1%)

Things have changed from a year ago. At this point, in 2010, I had run 1266.0kms and was a week and a half into my leg injury. This year I've run 146.0km and now it's time to start my next project: The Book. Over the last three years I've self-published three books. The first was "How do you eat an Elephant?". This was a photo-diary of my cycle trip across Africa in 2005. A combinations of my blogs and photographs, it sold four copies. So, unfortunately, it didn't make the New York Times Best Sellers list. The second was a childrens' book, "Riverbank Friends". Sue's mum, Terryanne, wrote twelve brilliant poems, about the lives of some animals living along a river bank and I illustrated it. The third book,"Pause for Thought", again by Terryanne, a book of poems, for adults, for which I provided the photos.

So, now I'm writing a book about my year of running 250 marathons. I wasn't sure where to start so, I've decide to treat it like a quest. I needed a name for the book so Sue came up with "M is for Marathon", excellent. Each chapter will start with a letter i.e M is for Martin, A is for Africa, R is for Right To Play etc. Then I had to decide how many words should be in the book. I checked out five books for their length. The authors include Ray Zahab, Bart Yasso, Pam Reed, Dean Karnazes and Sister Madonna Buder. The number of words range from 75,774 to 89,607 (it took a while to add them all up!). I'm going for 80,000. Sue will be helping me with the book.

And so it begins, "Book Quest 80,000". I'll keep you posted.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (Spider's)

Q. How do you spot a modern spider?
A. He doesn't have a web he has a website!

Quote of the Day

"Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body"

Lynn Jennings

The cover of "M is for Marathon"????

MQ 250 Book cover

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