Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017 goal: Run a half marathon

Or, I could buy a used t-shirt from Ebay
At the start of the new year, I was looking for some new personal goals. Running 5Ks was fun, but while my times were middle-of-the-pack, faster times did not seem that wise for a 55-year-old. Injuries come with speed. Besides, I run to relax and stay fit, not really to be competitive.

I decided to aim for a 10K. This spring I started upping my upper limit distance -- from 5 miles, to 6, and one day I felt great and ran 8 miles. I wondered... Could I do a half-marathon?

I started listening to the Runner's World podcasts -- I highly recommend this article on running mechanics and this podcast on same. If there is a horse tie-in with this post, it's human running mechanics and comparisons with equine mechanics. Joints are joints.

I subscribed to Runner's World. I looked at half-marathons in my area. This last Saturday I ran 9 miles on a cool, wet, windy morning.  Saturday night I signed up for the Via half-marathon in Bethlehem, PA.

Tuesday (yesterday at the time of this writing) I took the afternoon off from work, and decided to run as long as I could. I started to feel tired at 10 miles of running on Lehigh's cross country course, and turned onto a flat trail near there. At mile 11.5, I suddenly started to feel great. The last mile and a half I was accelerating.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I've done many races just for fitness and fun goals, countless 5 and 10ks, 5 halfs and one full. I find the half marathon to be my favorite distance because it's still a big challenge but doesn't require the same time commitment and it isn't as hard on your body as the full.


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