I believe that most people are capable of much more than they realize. We limit our thinking because of what we’ve been told or read. A few weeks ago I was jogging three to four miles approximately four times a week and wondered what a “realistic” jump in mileage would be, so I googled “training for a marathon” and the first site was “Hal Higdon’s Marathon Training Guide“. He said the first week you could run three miles, three days in a row and then after a day of rest, run six miles for your long day of running. I started following his schedule and was up to 7 miles the second week. My knees were a little sore that day, but I’m getting stronger. I even started taking vitamins that include Omega 3 for joints. The longest I’ve ever jogged before that was five miles in the bayou of Louisiana, while in the Army, when I was 21.
My doggie loves me, because I take him to a nearby nature center and trail run with him. I’m usually the only one there, so I let him run free!
I didn’t plan on entering a marathon, in fact, my timing was off, because you need to train for at least 4 1/2 months and all of the marathons would be finished by then. I was telling my friend, Sherry, about training for the non-existent marathon and she suggested a half marathon. So, that’s how it came to be.