I’ve always wanted to be a runner. Maybe it’s because runners look so fit and healthy. Or maybe it’s because you can just put on your shoes and do it without a gym or fancy equipment. Whatever the reason, being a runner has always been a lofty goal for me. Unless using a motorized vehicle, I’m pretty slow at getting from point A to point B. Being a slow runner probably caused me to think that I couldn’t be a runner because I wasn’t fast enough. Of course that’s just silly, but with other forms of exercise available, I just let it go.
The other day, Kat from Kat’s Adventures in Dietland announced that she had chosen a half marathon to do. I got to wondering if I would be able to complete a half-marathon. Wondering lead to looking at events on Running in the USA and before I could do anything, I was signed up for the Denver Rock n Roll Half Marathon. I’ll just let you take a moment to allow that to sink in. Whoa, I’m signed up to do a half marathon in October (as a late birthday present to myself). I’m a little stunned by this, but it’s ok, I have a plan!
I’m following Hal Higdon’s half marathon training plan for the novice level. I put all the workouts into my Workout Google Apps Calendar and I’ve even picked out the 5K and 10K I want to do for weeks 6 and 9. Yeah, this is going to happen! I’ll be tracking my workouts on dailymile.
On to a quick update. Last night I worked out with my trainer and sweated a lot. I’m not sure what exactly it was that I did, but my traps are really sore today. Other than that, it was a pretty good work out. Since today is the first day of my half marathon training, I jogged three miles this morning. Not very fast, but I jogged it and didn’t walk in the middle!
To keep me running-motivated, I’m keeping these things in mind:
- It’s people like me who make people like you fast. 🙂
- The great part about running is that there is always going to be someone faster and someone slower.
- When can you be called a runner? As soon as you lace up your shoes and head out the door.