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Half Marathon: First steps


I thought I'd document my path to my first ever half marathon. A few years ago when I first took up running, even just me going out for that first ever run, was such a huge hurdle for me. Just doing those 1 minutes jogging intervals was a real struggle. Then I reached that golden 5km mark. What a huge sense of achievement I felt. It is amazing what you can do if you start at the start and take one step and then another.

Now it's time to take the next step. I'm going to enter my first half marathon. It's in New Zealand in February 2018. The Buller Gorge Marathon on the West Coast of the South Island is one of the most scenic events around. And it happens to be very close to where my family lives. So I thought, if I am going to do an event like that, I'm going to do the most picturesque one I can find!

How long is a half marathon?

13.1 miles or 21 km. That's quite a lot more than what I usually run! But given that 2 years or so ago I couldn't run 100 meters, why wouldn't 21 km be possible? The only thing in my way is me!

So how do you train for a half marathon?