A few days ago, on the cusp of my Houston Marathon decision, I decided to consult with an exercise physiologist who specializes in distance running. I was all like, "Dude. Something's missing in my training. It needs some tweaking. My running style is not typical, for I have only one pace. My 10k and marathon pace are the same. I need something a little more custom. I realize I'm not Olympic or Elite material, but I seriously want to see what I can do."
Mr. Exercise Physiologist said that for a nominal fee he could help and sent me a questionnaire. I filled out this questionnaire – took almost two hours to complete. Mr. Exercise Physiologist wanted some detailed information, like the last 20 week's work, cross-training, max heart rate, personal bests in various races, and how many jars of Nutella I go through in a year.
Right now, at this very minute, my custom training plan for this Houston Marathon is sitting unopened in my e-mail box. I've got the butterflies and don't dare open it. In the back of my mind, I'm afraid that Mr. Exercise Physiologist's secret decoding will say, "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."