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Exploring Airman's Cave

We sat in the tiny passageway, exhausted. Our muscles were fatigued from overuse. We were over a mile deep into the cave, hours away from the surface, hours away from food, and hours away from water. Had our curiousity finally gotten the best of us? For the first time ever, I was worried for my life. I couldn't imagine dying, but making it out of the cave seemed even less likely.

It started months ago. After exploring the small caves at Enchanted Rock, we were eager to tackle something a bit more challenging. A search on the internet led us quickly to Airman's Cave - perhaps the most well known cave in Austin. What we didn't know at the time was that it was also an advanced level cave. Few members of the caving community in Austin would attempt the cave. With an average ceiling of 18", Airman's cave was a full 2.5 miles long. But we didn't really know that either. In fact, we knew nothing of caves or caving.

To access the cave, we had to take a hike down a dry creekbed and search for it. After wandering around for a while we spotted a large opening on the hill. That was it.

3 Hour Marathon Training

On Chasing a New Dream

Can you train for a marathon with less than 3 hours of training a week?

That was the question that has me training for a marathon. My wife and I recently had our first child (he is currently 4 1/2 months old). Besides daily walks with my dog I had not done any serious exercise for about 4 months. I figured it was time to get back in an exercise routine.

The problem is that having a kid completely kills your free time. After staring at my schedule for a couple of days and talking with my wife I figured I could carve out exercise time 6 days a week if I kept the workouts, including warm up and cool down, below 30 minutes.

I am a competitive person and do not enjoy working out just for the sake of working out (I need goals). So after carving out some time on my schedule the next question was, what should I train for? Should I sign up for a 10K, go for a personal best in a mile race, or something else? Which brought me back to something I had been pondering for a little while. Can you post a good time in a marathon with a low mileage training program? And more specifically could I train for a marathon with less than 3 hours of training a week?

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