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."