I recently turned 50, and in the lead up to that I decided I needed to prove to myself I wasn’t old yet! So I set my sights on a 12km “Fun Run” and started training mid July for a late August event. Four days after my 50th birthday I ran the 12km in 1:10:12, not earth shattering or anything, but not bad for a sedentary desk jockey.
On the way home I struck up a conversation with a somewhat out of shape looking guy who had just run the half marathon in the same run. Right then and there I decided that a half marathon would be my next big goal. If he could do it, I could do it.
I’ve always run a little here and there. Often years would go by without running and then another one of those scary zero ending birthdays would come along and motivate me towards fitness again. Generally I ran 2-5km with the very occasional 12km Fun Run.
I started my research into what it takes to run long distances. I read the amazing and inspiring book “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. I read “Barefoot Running – Step by Step” by Barefoot Ken Bob. I scourged the internet for a compatible training plan (thank you Runners World), bought some proper running shoes (several pair, expertly fitted by the amazing crew at the Running Centre in Perth, Western Australia) and started off on my latest adventure.
Oh, and I have given up on the half marathon idea, the goal is a FULL marathon distance on December 23rd, 2012 … sub 4 hour. In for a penny, in for a pound. Not an official event, I don’t think I’m ready for that, but just me and my Garmin on the Perth foreshore.