Project 84 ended successfully just slightly more than a month ago and here I am announcing yet another project of mine. Project DREAM wasn't suppose to start until next year as it's going to be one extremely tough objective to meet. Unlike Project 84 which is just to complete the distance, Project DREAM will see me trying to fulfill my marathon dream, something which I can only dream for now.
Running a marathon is something I really love to do. I compete against myself to prove to myself that I am capable of doing it. I know I'm able to complete it, but one question remains. How fast can I complete it? This is where Project DREAM comes in, to complete a marathon in my wildest timing. Far from my current personal best of 04:04:44 clocked in the Penang Bridge International Marathon 2008, it's a time that I have no chance to achieve in the coming couple of months. Not to mention, I have yet to run a sub 4 marathon. But one thing for sure is that I got to believe that I can, and to train really smart for it.
1 July 2009 is the date I started. I started off with my diet, implementing on a food ban. I was indulging with all sort of food after completing my 84KM adventure. With all the good food in, it's time now to start eating healthy again. Speed is one element that I do not practice while training for my runs. But this time, I have no choice, and speed requires a strong pumping heart. I would really need one to achieve my marathon dream and that is where I hope a healthy diet will help me achieve. A new diet, new training regime and a new mindset with all the past experiences is what I'm looking for.
Reason I'm bringing forward this project of mine is because I would like to jump into the dualthon then the triathlon scene soon before competing in the IronMan, provided I can pick up swimming. Yeap, that will see yet another project of mine. For some of you who might have known, I have just purchased a road bike. A mid range competition road bike from Merida call the Merida Road Race 905-Com. Yeap, I'm back in the saddle after laying off for more than 10 years although in a slightly different way.
And with this new bike, I am able to train differently yet still maintaining my fitness level after suffering from injury during the recent Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2009. An update on it, I'm currently out of the running scene. Am recovering well, but it's a slow process. I even have sold 2 of my running bibs for 2 upcoming races in this couple of weeks. I hope to return in 3 weeks time for the 2009 edition of the Shape & Men's Health Run. But in the mean time, I will compete in a 160KM bike ride in the state of Perak in 2 weeks time. Maybe not a really wise decision, but I'm just there to soak up on fun and experiences.
After all these blabbering, what is my marathon dream? I will sign off with a cliffhanger here as I will only reveal it a week before the Macau Marathon 2009 in the first wek of December, where it will be my ultimate test of strength and speed. 5 months is all I have to make this a reality. In the mean time, wish me luck.