Week 1 – From the treadmill to a half marathon

I have never really been a distance runner.  At my small high school in the country I would win the 100m, 200m and 400m, but anything longer than that and you would find me on the sidelines.  It wasn’t a deep philosophical objection to distance running over sprinting or a preference for spandex over football shorts.  It was simply this:

I have never won a race longer than 400m in my life, so I stopped trying.


This is reflective of a trend that runs throughout my entire sporting life.  It’s why you found me on the cricket field rather than the tennis court, the soccer field rather than the swimming pool. Essentially, stick with what you’re good at and avoid anything that requires more than a modicum of effort to excel at.  It should be noted that I am not recommending that as a guiding rule for your life.  As life rules go, it’s a pretty shitty one.

I now find myself well into middle age and with a desire to stay fit enough to keep up with my two boys, Mr 4 and Mr 6.  Running seems like a good fit for someone with a reasonably busy lifestyle, but unfortunately sprinting doesn’t quite cut it.

Lets do distance running!

It feels achievable, although I know from previous experience that I need a goal to work towards otherwise I won’t stick at it. So here is my goal:

Run the half marathon at the Melbourne Marathon in October 2015

That gives me about seven months, and I kicked it off on Sunday with 60 minutes of interval training.  Baby steps.

There are some things I need to admit upfront:

  • I find distance running a little boring, so podcasts will be used extensively to maintain interest.  I am currently on episode 10 of Serial, so no spoilers please.
  • I have never experienced the euphoria that distance runners refer to as to why they run.  Never.
  • I have joined a gym, and am planning to do the majority of my training on the treadmill.  Is this wrong?

Got any advice on whether a treadmill is the right way to go, or how you manage interest levels while on an extended run? Let me know in the comments below, and I promise to update this blog each week with what I learn about this running gig.

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