You read that right! This week is the first week of my 16 week training regimen to prepare for my very first half marathon.

Week one of training is off to a good start! Using the Runkeeper app to record my runs and track my progress.

I’ve never been a big runner. I’ve taken up jogging off and on periodically over the years. I used to run a lot more in college, but the longest distance I did was a 5K, which is about 3.1 miles. A half marathon is 13.1 miles! That’s 10 more miles than I ever ran before!

For the past month or so, I’ve been trying to exercise more, taking a couple of group classes a week and doing my own workouts at home. I finally decided I needed something to motivate me to stick with it this time. That’s when a Facebook friend posted that she was training for a half marathon.

I looked into it, found a few options in my area, and found several beginner level training plans. I registered for one in October, which will be a little more than 16 weeks away, but the training plan will get me ready (hopefully) in 16 weeks. It cost $100 to register, so the thought of losing that money will hopefully be enough motivation to follow through.

I will keep you updated as I go, sharing the ups, downs, and progression. Wish me luck!

Top and leggings from Old Navy, sports bra from Nike, shoes from Adidas.