This morning on my run I came up with a brilliant and unique (or at least I thought so at the time… before 6am…) name for a blog about running – Runner’s Chai. Get it? Like Runner’s High, but JEWISH! Fine, turns out it’s not that clever. Eric did a google search after I told him about my genius idea on the way to work and found a whole slew of Runner’s Chai races. But whatever, I’m still using it for the name of my blog.
It’s been a while since I blogged. I tried to do the blog-thing when I studied abroad in Israel in Summer/Fall 2006. With it, I kept everyone updated on what was happening in the middle of the Israeli desert and made sure that everyone knew I was happy, healthy, safe, etc…
I’m not entirely sure what the point of this blog will be. Obviously about running. I’m in the last few weeks of training for my first half-marathon. On Sunday, October 6, I’ll be running the Smuttynose Rockfest Half-Marathon in Hampton, NH. I’ve been training since Memorial Day weekend. It’s been a longggggg summer, but after last summer’s failed attempt at training, I figured the slow and steady 20-week training plan was the way to go. I’ve successfully run 11 miles (2 hours), and I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll be able to get through 13.1.
The Boston Marathon was a pretty big deal and I had already been planning to run a half-marathon. The tragic and traumatic events in the city I call home inspired me to start thinking about running a full marathon, maybe even the Boston Marathon. My sister’s former employer, Playworks, sends runners every year to the marathon, so maybe I can snag a spot on the team. Maybe that’s what this blog will describe: my (hopefully triumphant??) attempt at training for a marathon and my pursuit for a spot with one of the non-profit organizations sending runners to the Boston Marathon. Because, seriously, why shouldn’t the Boston Marathon be my first marathon?