Well, I took the plunge and finally registered for my first ever half marathon race (GoodLife Half Marathon - October, Victoria BC). It’s one of my big personal goals for the year. As a first-timer, I’ll likely follow the race’s recommended “Go The Distance” Program. The start date is for this training program is May 26th, so I have about 2 months to get a solid base and get back in the groove of running.
My long-term goal is to eventually run a marathon. A long time ago, my dad ran marathons. I always looked up to him because he was a dedicated runner – he’s why I started running competitively when I was in Grade 3. Back then, I almost always finished near the bottom of the standings, but I kept going, and kept improving every year. The picture with this blog post is me with a few of my teammates (I’m 2nd from the left), at age 14 after a race. :)
These days, my dad has some health issues, and he hasn’t been able to run for years. But he always tells me how much he misses it, and how frustrated he is that he be out there himself. So I’m going to be his legs and run this half marathon… for him, and for me.
As for expenses – running is cheaper than a lot of other activities, but there’s still moolah involved with training for a race.
Here are my expected expenses:
- $70 registration fee (paid) – I’m committed now! :)
- $50 travel expenses – roundtrip ferry & transit
- $35 Flip Belt (paid) – this is to hold my iPhone b/c I don’t find an armband or traditional running belts to be very comfortable.
- $150 running shoes – my current pair will likely last me until mid-summer, then I’ll have to switch them up.
- $40 athletic insoles – a very, very thin pair so that I can still feel the ground when I run.
- $50 running shorts – I have running capris and cold weather pants, but nothing for the summer.
- $30 socks – the socks that I like are about $10-15 each.
TOTAL = $425
Of course, I didn’t have to buy a Flip Belt, and I don’t need shorts and socks… but they will make me much more comfortable, so I’ll get them. New running shoes and insoles are must haves. The runners I currently wear are discontinued, so I might make a trip across the border to the outlet mall to see if I can pick up those shoes, as well as the rest of my running supplies at a nice discount.
I’m nervous to start this training program, and to run this race. Part of me thinks that it’s a bit ambitious to make a half marathon my first race. After all, I haven’t run in a long time, and the farthest I’ve ever gone before is 12km. But I know it’ll be a good challenge, and it’ll motivate me to stay healthy. Plus, it’ll really help with my endurance, since I (hopefully) plan on starting multi-day hiking again this summer and fall.