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Slow Ninja Sets Ridiculous Goal

As many of you know, I started running back around Thanksgiving. You can check out my posts about that here.

I've been going strong since then. The only two weeks I've had to let it slide was recently when it was just too darn cold to run at night, and about a month ago when I got crazy sick. (If you are really interested, you can track me by checking out "My Running" in the right hand bar here on iHajj.net)

Yesterday I was at Crockett Park and busted out 10 kilometers in less than an hour. Of course, elite runners can do 13 MILES in an hour, so I'm not exactly a speed demon over here. However, I'm really enjoying this running thing. Given that I'm 37 years old and NEVER ran more than half a block in my life until recently, it's kind of a strange feeling.

I'm not saying I enjoy every moment of it. It sometimes hurts like crazy and wears me out. It takes a lot of time. Also, I know I won't be able to do it forever. Age and injury will surely get me sooner or later. My lovely wife ran strong for 17 years before a back disease stopped her. This makes me grateful for whatever time I have.

OK, that's all build up. Today, here on iHajj, I am officially announcing that I am training for the Country Music HALF Marathon. You can check it out here. Wooo Hoooo!

I run using the Nike + iPod thing. I can not recommend it highly enough. It is super cool. It monitors me while I'm running; and it gives me feedback about speed, distance, pace, and calories. And you don't need to wear Nikes to make it work. I have a pouch thing my wife got for $6 that holds the sensor in the laces of my New Balance shoes. You just need an iPod nano or touch and a $30 sensor kit from Apple.

The reason I tell you all that is that the iPod updates a website which tracks you running. The website also allows you to design training regimes for races and other goals, based on your level. So, this website has designed a training program for me. I officially started training just an hour ago with a 4 mile run. The program will keep me going at it, increasing distance, then backing off, resting, etc., until I hit 13.1 miles on April 25th.

According to what I've read, you can train for a half marathon three different ways. Train to win, train to put up a good time, or train to finish. Me, I'm training to finish. That's it. Thinking I can run 13 miles at all is crazy enough, I'm not suffering from any grand delusions about speed.

OK, that's it. No challenges to join me, no admonitions to start running. Just telling you what I'm up to.