Well, when I started this blog I talked about my intention to run in the NYC Marathon this year. But I had quickly realized that this goal would be tough to achieve – this year, anyway. So I amended it to perhaps next year and instead took up with my new bicycle.
So here it is, September and have taken my running to the next level for me. After running my first 5K and slowly adding miles to my regular runs, I find myself in training to do a half marathon. In fact, just today I hit 11 miles for the first time and felt pretty good actually.
I was invited to run in a half marathon up in Rhode Island in October but as it turns out, I have plans that same weekend. So I found one in Jersey City – which is much closer.
I chatted with someone at the last 5K I ran (in Garfield, NJ) and he said it was a very flat course through some city streets, then through some parks including Liberty State Park. It goes right along the Hudson with a view of the Statue if Liberty, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan. This takes place 2 weeks from this writing (on Sept. 25th).
So, I’m in.
I am looking forward to this challenge. Next Sunday I will try to make the 13.1 miles during my workout run. But even if I don’t I am confident I will be able to finish the half. If I can keep my pace where it was today (9:24 min/mile) then I should have it done in just about 2 hours or so.
I will update after the run 🙂
By the way – how many calories would you estimate I burned in the 11 miles today? According to the app I use to track, approximately 1700. Sweet.