I’m becoming a runner.
I’ve registered for Pat’s Run in two weeks and have been training for it. It’s felt pretty good, although I can’t run 5K on back-to-back days yet. Pat’s Run is 6K and will be my longest run to date when I run it. I still have some gas left when I finish my 5K practice runs, so I’m not too concerned about finishing. However, I haven’t run a race in about seven years…
I’m worried about starting too fast and running out of energy before the end. I’ve never been a distance runner; I ran my university’s Turkey Trot 5K twice, but those are the longest (and only) races I’ve ever entered. I was 22 and it sounded like fun, so I did it! Back then I finished the race in under 22 minutes on a hilly, hilly college campus. Now I’m 29 and 20-30 pounds heavier than I was back then…
I had to register as a jogger. To count as a “runner”, my projected time would need to be under 38 minutes. My best pace right now has me finishing in 39 and change, and I figure I’d rather be a fast jogger than the guy getting in the way of the fast runners at the start.
I’ve lost 23 pounds since I started training on January 2. I’m faster and have more stamina than I did back then, but I have no knowledge of how to train for distance running. I just subscribed to Runner’s World magazine after picking up a couple of issues at Walmart, but I don’t know where to get information on how to train. I’d like to do a half-marathon within six months and a full marathon within a year, but I have no idea what “speedwork” or “time trials” or any of the other jargon in the magazine means.
I need support, but I don’t know anyone else who does this. I know people who have run marathons, but none who consider themselves runners; they are just people who wanted to overcome the obstacle and quit running after doing so.
If you can point me to good resources, or if you have good advice, or if you just want to be supportive, please reply!