Bataan Memorial Death March
It's full 26.2 mile marathon, but it's pretty much open to anyone insane enough to try it.
I'm familiar with the terrain and I've been working out fairly steadily for the last month-ish and and I have another 4 months to really prepare for it so I think I can be ready to handle it, but I'm a bit wary of trying something that intense.
Physically I'm pretty sure I can get myself to where I need to be to do it... especially considering that some of the times in past years have been 12-14 hours. In the past I know I've spent at least that long outside working and doing pretty hard physical labor (not quite the same but it gives me an idea that it's doable for me) but I have zero experience with something like this and I'm curious to see if anyone has any advice on how to prepare for this kind of event.
Surprisingly, there's already an instructable on it but I'd definitely appreciate some input from folks who know a bit about this stuff.
Why do I even want to do this? Well, it's something to aim for in getting in shape again. I miss being able to do what I could do when I played rugby and as I get older I think that it would be in my best interest to stay closer to fit and in shape than I have been lately. Not because I harbor illusions of playing rugby again or being a champion marathon runner, but just so I can feel better about myself when I get up in the morning. I miss being able to run up multiple flights of stairs without getting winded. Or being able to go on long hikes and just enjoy the outdoors. Even if I don't quite manage to do the march this time around, if I've tried hard for it, I know I'll be in a better place physically and that'll help me out mentally/emotionally and I think I could use that. Current events being what they've been, it also gives me something to really focus on and a way to burn up some of that frustrated/angry/upset energy which keeps coming in waves.
So, are any of you guys familiar with preparing for this kind of event? Any thoughts on what else I might do/consider/etc... while I try to get ready for it?