With one month to go until my first "big" race - a half marathon - I figured it's time to start blogging about running!
A little background: I started running inconsistently about 3 years ago. I started the Couch to 5K training program a couple times but never finished it. In January 2009 I actually stuck with it and started running 3 days/week pretty consistently. By last summer I was running 2-3 miles at a time. Sometimes I'd run 4 miles and I thought that was SO far.
My first 5K: Last July I decided I wanted to try running a 5K race and I talked Mitch into signing up with me. It was so much fun! We ran two more 5K's over the next several months and then I signed up for my first half marathon, which is coming up June 12.
Stepping it up a notch: I should say a BIG notch. Running a marathon has always been something that's been on my list of things to do. Since I was already training for a half marathon I thought maybe this was the time to go a little farther and run the whole darn thing. October is Rett Syndrome Awareness month so Mitch and I signed up for the Chicago Marathon on 10-10-10 and hope to raise money for Rett Syndrome while running it.
So there you have it! Right now I'm following Hal Higdon's Novice Half Marathon training program although I'm adding a couple extra weeks since I was ahead of schedule when I started. I'm also running 12 miles as my longest instead of just 10 since I have the time. I already have one 12-miler under my belt (um, ouch!) and plan to do another one next Monday with a training buddy. After that we'll see!
Well, off to run now!