Recently, I fell for a pretty simple trick, played by my friend Frank H. Somehow he figured out that I’m a sucker for challenges, so he challenged me to run a half marathon together next year September April (I really initially thought he meant September, but, it turns out to be April!). As my current running distance varies between 3.5 K on a bad day and 8 K on a very good day, it seems quite challenging to go for a slightly over 21 K distance. But, I believe I can make it, because I have recently become re-addicted to running, after a bit of a lazy period and my injury last year. So, I’m getting out there about three times a week, to slowly build stamina, muscle and distance.
I’ve mostly been into sports in my life. I’ve played football and basketball when I was young, and spent many years playing squash with friends later in life. But moving to different cities, and later even different countries, makes it sometimes hard to engage in these type of sports. That’s one reason I like running: you only need some running clothes and shoes, and you can start. Wherever you are. An added benefit is that it is a great way to clear your mind. It’s just you and your route. Maybe a bit of music to keep you company. It’s even relatively easy to bring your exercise with you on business trip or holiday.
Anyway, I’m getting back out there now, and back in shape. And more and more addicted. Which is good, because this challenge I fell for is now set. I have to be able to run a half marathon by September April next year. Which means racking up some kilometers the coming months. As I said in a post about running last year, I need a challenge to be motivated. This is a good one. Thanks, Frank.