So the obvious action to take after you’ve run your first 5K (3.1 miles) is to sign up for a half marathon (13.1 miles). Right? I hope so, because that is what I did—namely, the Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon next June. Ambitious, but totally doable in that amount of time if I’m not stupid about it.
Given my luck, though, I’ll probably blow out a knee or a shoulder or a ribcage sometime next week.
No! Optimism! This is going to be awesome. Difficult, but awesome.
So I’ve put a countdown widget off to the left, and I’ll probably write a bit more about running in the coming months because I’ll be doing a lot more of it. I know that running’s one of those things that’s kind of dull to hear about if you’re not into it, so I’ll try to keep my enthusiasm under control. And I promise not to talk about split times. (Before I was a runner, I got cornered in a bar by someone who wouldn’t stop talking about her split times at her previous half-dozen races. I love you, other runners, but honestly most non-runners don’t care about your split times.)
My plan, if you’re interested: I’ll spend the next few months building a good base of miles (3 mile runs are still actually kind of rough for me, even with the 5K under my belt), and then around February or March I’ll start properly training with something like Hal Higdon’s plan.
And for those of you who aren’t interested in running updates, I promise the next blog post will either be cat pictures or my opinions about a comic book.