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!!!