Marathons have always seemed so extreme, I mean seriously, people want to run 26.2 miles for fun? I just didn’t get it. Even as an athlete, I didn’t understand how people could find racing long distances fun. Growing up I was more of a team sport athlete, and played soccer, basketball, and softball. I like the comradeship, team spirit, and bonds that came with being part of a team. However, now that I have graduated from college, finding an actually team to play on, with the competitive level I want, is tough. So I turned to group exercise classes. Those were fun, and still are, but the athlete in me needs something to train for, something that has discipline and sparks motivation. Currently I can comfortably run a 5k. I’m not fast, but I haven’t really put any real effort into training yet. So I have decided that I am going to take the plunge and not only try to improve my 5k pace, but also try to improve my distance running by starting to train for a half marathon. Right now the idea still seems a little crazy, but I like the idea of it, and I like that it is a goal that I can strive for. I found a training plan online that I am going to use as a guideline, and starting Monday I’m taking off. Here’s to hoping I have the determination to achieve it.
Any Half-Marathon training advice??