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Armstrong continues for NYC Marathon

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
October 25, 2006, 00:00,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:33
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Latest Cycling News for October 25, 2006

Lance Armstrong is continuing with his plans to run in the New York City Marathon on November 5th...

Lance Armstrong is continuing with his plans to run in the New York City Marathon on November 5th despite some fears.

"Initially I had this idea that I would run more when I retired from cycling and try and do a marathon a year, and just choose different locations and use that as my sporting challenge but I have to tell you its been tougher than I thought," said Armstrong, who retired at the end of last year's Tour de France. "The training and actual physical pounding is tougher than I thought."

Armstrong's business travel schedule has forced him to train on the treadmill however Armstrong aims to finish within an hour of the eventual winner.

"You know I go into it blindly," declared the American. "Outside of what I've heard about the NYC Marathon and the participation and the way the different communities get involved in the race I don't know much I don't know what its like to run anything more than 14 or 15 miles. ... Every corner has a band on it and you have 26 miles of constant cheering and applause for the runner, and hopefully in the last half of the race that will get me through."

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