21.097494

by Antonia on August 10, 2012

Ever since taking part in my first race back in April, I’ve been hooked on running. I would certainly not classify myself as a natural runner; I’ve always preferred cycling but at the same time envied those who managed to run for an hour or even more, making it look like the simplest thing to do. While running still isn’t easy (will it ever be easy?) it’s gotten a lot easier since I first started running earlier this year.

Even though I’ve had to temporarily cut back on my regular runs due to knee issues it’s an activity that I incorporate into my week as often as possible because I just love how I feel during and after a run. While every run is a challenge, they’ve gotten easier, the distances longer and my pace faster over time and that’s why I decided to take part in another race.

My first race was a quarter marathon. Personally I believe that 5 kilometers would have also done the job for my first race, but I’ve always been one to really work hard towards whichever goal I set myself, so I knew if I signed up for a quarter marathon I’d make it through the finish line somehow….even if I crawled. I didn’t follow a training plan for my first race but instead ran 3-4 times per week (6-8km) and did a couple of longer runs along the way which seemed perfect for me.

Now that I’ve moved to a new city with lots of new areas and sights to explore I’ve really started planning my runs in such a way that I’d actually get to see a new-to-me part of Munich whenever I run. Yesterday for instance I ran to the zoo (supposedly it’s a really nice zoo) and once I move into my new apartment I’ll get a chance to run in the famous Englischer Garten and the Olympia Park which was constructed for the Olympic Games in 1972. And with so much to see and explore I thought I might as well run toward a new goal: a half marathon or 21.097494km.

I signed up a while ago and have somewhat been following a couple of training plans. Some trainers suggest running 3 times per week, others want you to run 5 times per week. Although a training plan can be great as a general guideline I’ll try not to let myself focus too much on what I should be doing, but rather run the distance that I feel like doing. I know that running a half-marathon is going to be another major challenge for myself but running has become the perfect balance to my internship (I sit in front of a computer for most of the day).

And the best part of running a half-marathon? My sister and I are going to run together. Get ready to see some serious red-faced gals on October 14th!!!

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Liz @ iheartvegetables August 10, 2012 at 3:39 am

That’s so exciting! I’ve been pondering a half marathon for awhile, but the farthest I’ve ever run is a 10K and I just don’t’ know if I could! I agree with you, sometimes I focus too much on what I *should* do… and then I start to not like it so much haha. So if I try a half I think I’ll loosely follow a training plan…

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Doris @ vanillacocoberry August 10, 2012 at 5:36 am

haha love the picture (and your baseball cap)
maybe someday we could run a race together? we dont live that far apart after all .. im just not sure if i can pull off a half marathon, I get really troubles with my knee. I once signed up for the vienna city halfmarathon but on the day before the event I got sick with 38,8 °C . Lucky me

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Eating 4 Balance August 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

You should totally do what FEELS right to your body. This post explains that perfectly! If you try to stick to a plan of five days a week and only do four you’ll feel like you failed. If you only plan on doing three but have the urge to do another, a plan shouldn’t hold you back. Best of luck!

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Kailey August 11, 2012 at 1:35 am

Races always fuel my love of running which is why I adore always being in “training” mode!! Hope you knee issues get better asap!

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Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets August 11, 2012 at 3:03 am

Good for you!! How exciting to challenge yourself. I’m sure you’ll be great.

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Jennifer August 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Wow! I am impressed. I am trying to become a jogger but my training always gets derailed and then I feel like I am starting from the beginning again. But I keep on trying. Good Luck! :-)

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