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Nairobi Marathon Training : End of Week 18

Last week I made a full recovery from my achilles tendonitis injury. I managed a total of 42K of running for the week. Two midweek trail running, 5k on wednesday and 10K trail run on friday. My original plan was to do a 21K run on Sunday but I ended up running 28K because my achilles felt fine.

The weather has changed Kenya has shifted from a cold season to a hot season. The shining sun is out all day. I could feel the change in the weather because what would have a routine non stop 28K long run, I had to stop once, around the 21K mark to drink water.

Am now entering the final stage of my marathon training and the biggest challenge will be overcoming the unfriendly weather. Training for a marathon when it is hot and sunny is never easy and I will require to ensure am well hydrated.

Calculating Cost of Marathon Training & Running

Calculating the cost of marathon training and running is pretty simple, just add the cost of shoes, shorts, T-shirts plus ofcourse the race entry fees and you have your simple answer.

I have always thought like that but after listening to economist Justin Wolfers, who teaches at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a frequent contributor to the Freakonomics blog, the mathematics it got complicated.

How much does it cost to train & run a marathon

According to the economist, who is training for Marine Corps marathon, the real cost of training for a marathon is more expensive, Each hour you spend running is an hour you don’t spend working harder to get a promotion, studying for a degree, or shopping around for the cheapest groceries.

This is what the economist writes

The foundation of all economics is something called opportunity cost. It says that the true cost of something is the alternative you have to give up.

So each hour that I spend running is an hour that I don’t spend hanging out, working or sleeping. How do I choose? Following economic theory, I keep doing an activity only as long as it yields greater benefits than the alternative….

The same logic applies to you. Each hour you spend on your hobby is an hour you don’t spend working harder to get a promotion, studying for a degree, or shopping around for the cheapest groceries.

That is smart analysis from him, personaly I consider time spent running time well spent. The joy and pride I get from running is priceless!!