I got sidetracked by the snow, the ensuing hassles, and my new Route 66 Food Web site, so I just clean forgot to post the latest week’s marathon training schedule on Friday.

Fortunately, today was a rest day anyway, so you didn’t miss anything. Unless, of course, you tried to run instead of resting, in which case you should take tomorrow off.

The Triple Dog Dare page has now been updated with the schedule.

What I would like to do at this point is find out how many of you are actually considering taking me up on this dare. Who’s in? Marathoning is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. I cannot begin to describe the sense of accomplishment, relief, excitement, joy, and gratitude that washes over you at the finish line. It’s an incredible experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It is still early enough in the program that anyone at a moderate level of fitness should be able to catch up fairly easily, so feel free to jump right in!

If you’ve decided to accept the challenge, head over to the Triple Dog Dare page and post a reply telling me which marathon you plan to run (if you don’t know which one you want to try, check out Marathonguide.com for reviews and information about the marathons scheduled for next year), why you want to do it, and how your training is going.

If you have questions about running, post those, too. If I don’t know the answers, I can always go bug my coach for information. 🙂

If you’re in eastern Oklahoma and would be interested in participating in some training runs along Route 66 this winter and spring, let me know that, too. And even if you aren’t up for a full marathon, don’t be afraid to start the program. When you reach a mileage level that you like, you can just keep running that distance and improving in other ways — speed, difficulty of the course, or whatever else floats your boat. The big thing is just to get out there and start moving. The first run is the toughest; after that, you’re just building on what you’ve already established.