friends, i am not a runner. i played sports competitively in high school but after that even the fancy uva treadmills and extremely high population of runners and all-around svelte i-look-like-i-must-run types could not get me into the gym more than a couple times a week.
but, as i am told, there is no time like the present to change. and change i must. when i evaluated my goals for the 2011 year, i included ‘run a race… any race’ in the long list. honestly, i had not put much thought into actually putting effort into accomplishing said goal until two dear friends (and bridesmaids!) approached me with the hungry glint of persuasion in their eyes.
and, thus, a few weeks later and a few runs in, i am signed up to run the Philadelphia half-marathon. that is not a typo. 13.1 miles for this non-runner will be happening in a few short months. and, for once in my running career, i am motivated! i’m excited. i’m committed. i mean business. i even have a running plan!
so, here is where you come in! i’d really love any and all advice from you runners out there. how do i stay motivated? any great jams i should be listening to while i jog? i’ve heard that books on tape are a great way to pass the time (especially since i will be running for over TWO hours. when i did the math on that one, i nearly bailed.) any good recommendations?
would love to hear from you!