I have been thinking about this quite a bit for the last half year, and now is the time to post it.
I started this blog just over one year ago with the intention of tracking my journey in running from off the couch - literally! - to my ultimate goal of running a marathon. It's a good thing I have refrained from setting a date or a time limit on this because the journey in the last year is proving to be waaaay more interesting than expected, especially with all the sub-goal options along the way ...! :)
And so here it is .... another goal I am setting in my slow build-up toward 26.2 miles. I have noticed that there are a significant number of runners who work their way toward a 2:00 hour-ish half marathon before starting to train for a full marathon. This time seems to be the average time for half marathons, too, which makes good sense because the pace to accomplish this is in the sub-6 minute/km-ish zone. Therefore, I've decided that I would like to keep working at improving my speed in my fun 5Ks, 8Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons before training for a full marathon. My marker, my sign, my confidence-boosting achievement that will let me know when I am ready to start training for the full marathon will be a 2-ish hour half marathon. I say 2-ish because I want to give my goal a give-or-take of 5 minutes ... 1:54 - 2:04.
I really have my work cut out for me. :) And an elephant can only be eaten one bite at a time.