See my answers below.
What race are you training for (name, date, distance)? Tentatively Gainesville FL Marathon on Feb 17th, otherwise Austin
Race goal? (ie just to finish your first, a certain time, a certain experience, etc.) Just to finish
What do you want to learn/take away from this group? Being with a group helps me train, nothing more, nothing less. Meet new people and share a common experience. I don’t have anything I want to learn. I’ve gotten slower and slower over the years so adapting to that had been a hard lesson.
How will YOU stay motivated, driven, focused? How can I help facilitate that? I tend to be externally driven, so once I get involved I stay involved – that is, unless my feet fall off or I get seriously injured.
What potential challenges do you face? (ie travel for work/holidays, family obligations, difficulty with early Saturdays, etc) Getting started has been my issue, because of vacation and a last minute business trip. I’m an early riser, so getting to class shouldn’t be a big problem.
Running history: Personal bests/date? This’ll be my 10th marathon. I’ve trained with Team Rogue for a year – intense! Qualified for Boston twice (Austin and CIM) and ran Boston in 2011.
Races in the past year? None.
Most recent training: how many miles per week, how many days per week run? I run 6 days a week. Over the summer I kept it easy with 25 miles a week. I’ve not trained in over a year.
Do you do any type of strength training or other activities? Nope, it’s something I have to work at (not something I enjoy) and only if I’m really focused do I do any strength training
Any recent or chronic injuries? Well my left foot has been irksome sometimes, but nothing else pains me. I have had some medical problems over the past year which was part of the reason I didn’t train.
What other activities (physical sports) do you participate in & plan to continue during the marathon training program. No other sports, that’s why I’m doing this – – to get some exercise.