I truly enjoy running in organized races, particularly the ones that benefit a good cause (and the ones that serve ice cream at the finish line). Up until now I have only ever set my sights on running in 5k races. They take under a half hour, I rarely feel sore afterwards, I can focus on speed or on encouraging a friend who is a first time runner, and training for them does not take a lot of time out of my day. To me shorter race distances are a fun and enjoyable experience.
Last year my sister ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon and she had an amazing time. At first I thought she was insane because she described the half as “the most fun she has ever had in her life.” She loved the comradery and the sense of hometown pride the race had. Much of my extended family also participated in the race. I was naturally very jealous of all of them, so this year I am going to participate too. I am so excited for it and I registered on the first day the race opened.
While I am excited, I am also a bit nervous for race day. I have not decided on a time goal yet, and right now I am just focusing on finishing the race. If several people from the same gene pool as me can do it so can I (maybe?). I have a great support system and a lot of people I can reach out to for advice if I start to feel overwhelmed. I will be tracking my progress on the blog with the hope that I can stay 100% committed to this goal regardless of how cold the winter ends up being. Side note- I am so excited for the half marathon that I already purchased my outfit for race day. You can never be too prepared!