I’ve decided that 2004 is the year of the half marathon. I am not a runner by any means, but I did manage to complete a full marathon two years ago, thanks to Team in Training. I figure what better way to get in shape and do a little weekend traveling than register for a few half marathons?
I’m signing up for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville, which is April 24, and also the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, which will be Labor Day weekend. Both of them should be a lot of fun as they’re filled with music and festivities. In fact, the Rock ‘n’ Roll event includes entry to all the concerts for the American Music Festival, which in the past has seen headliners like Live, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Counting Crows.
So I guess I need to start training! This will be great motivation for me to get back into running on a regular basis. I have about four weeks before I head to Whistler for a week-long snowboarding jaunt, so I need to get my butt into shape anyway. The first time I went, Blackcomb seriously kicked my rear my first day out.
I’ll need to pay special attention to the fact that my body is not really made for running long distances. When I was training for the marathon, I had to go to physical therapy the last several weeks of training because I was having awful knee pain. With weekly therapy and exercises at home, I was able to complete the event. It was slowand painful!but it felt great to finish.
I hope to be able to write about that finish line feeling again a few times in the coming year!