2. I’m counting on general euphoria and adrenalin to get me through the last few km of the half-marathon, which is rapidly approaching. I haven’t done more than 19k (2.2k short).
3. While I usually run alone, I’m seeing the value in training for this with a buddy or a group. Sometimes you need a little help. Looking forward to running along the Bow on Friday, Judy.
4. Running distance is way easier if you take those walk breaks. I’ve embraced the run 10 min/walk 1 min. No heroics are necessary – especially for us newbs. The trick is to time the walks so that no other runners see me wimping out.
5. Running is the best stress reliever, bar none. Yes, mom – I know playing the piano is a great way to get rid of my grumpies – but running is actually even better.
6. The music I listen to has a huge effect on my progress. Old and slow for the long runs – upbeat for the hills. My best sprints are more panic- or stress-driven than any natural inclination for speed.
7. People love being unexpectedly acknowledged. I greet everyone I see as I run along the paths – and love the way faces light up in response. It’s amazing how many people expect to be ignored.