Yes, I finally gave in. Gave in to the idea of "how it would feel to finish a half marathon under 2 hrs 15 mins." Now that's a goal. Also on the way, I would like to shop for some "discipline" and "strong work ethic". The key to finishing a marathon (or half marathon) is not just hard work (of course you need to run!) but a whole bunch of discipline.
I am only in my second week of training (I am self training btw, which needs even more motivation and discipline). I can tell you the first week was hard. Hard, not because I had to run (thankfully I love running), but I had to keep it "consistent". Run, cross-train, run, cross-train...and so on. The entire week. It surprises me how the mind rebels against discipline. It is not tough, once you put your shoes on, music on and you are out the door. It is tough, to break that inertia till you get to the door. The rest of the magic just follows :-)
California is beautiful. If you are a Californian and you are not running, shame on you (with the exception of injuries). What better ways to explore the bay area than on foot. I loathe driving. I hate getting into a car to go to some place. How about some self-powered commuting for a change? Running, biking, skateboarding..anyone? You not only run on natural fuel (your body energy) and get lean, but also save so much fuel. Aren't you feeling charitable already? :-)
I know it is hard in the other states, due to constant changing weather. But summer should be a treat and what better ways to enjoy that than running? Ironically, I found more people in New York City enthusiastic and ready to kick butt than here when it came to running. I mean really, people running in subzero temperatures in their cold gear shows grit. Compare that to a lazy Californian. You have weather, beautiful terrain and trails going your way and yet you make excuses to budge? Tch tch.
The first week went quite good. I clocked in ~15 miles. Ok fine, my Nike+ says its 14.68 miles, for crying out loud.
Second week has already started and yesterday was my cross training day. I did some good, old fashioned elliptical workout for 40 mins. Felt good stretching the other muscles.
Today is the run day. And no matter what, I will just do it! :-)