That's a good question.
The thought of running--actually running--13.1 miles, intrigues me. What a cool accomplishment that would be! At this point I have no interest in ever doing a full marathon (26.2 miles), but a half? Maybe.
I'm not ready to commit to it, though. I certainly don't need to train for a half marathon to be fit, so this decision comes down to whether or not I want the challenge--and whether or not my body responds well to the pressure.
So here's my plan (subject to change!):
- Keep running, 3-4 times a week.
- One run per week will be "interval training" (with some shorter, faster runs interspersed with slow jogging and/or walking.) Interval training helps with speed.
- At least one run per week will be a long run, up to 10% longer than the previous week's long run. I'll start with 58 minutes (10% longer than the 53 minute run I did a few days before the 10K.)
- The remaining 1-2 runs will be flexible. Likely many of them will be 30-minute runs.
- I'll see how I'm doing with the long runs, and evaluate how I feel, physically and mentally, as the runs get longer. I can then decide whether or not I want to keep working to get into the right physical condition to run a half marathon (which would probably take me about two and a half hours--that's a long time to keep running!)
I'm nervous about the heat here in the summer, and I'll probably join a nearby rec center (just $25 a month) when it gets warmer, so that I can have treadmill access on particularly gross mornings!
According to this post at Eternal Lizdom, after six months of regular exercise I'll be in the "Maintenance" phase. April 28 will be my six month-iversary of running, and I want to make sure that I keep challenging myself, so that I can be motivated enough to stay in that Maintenance phase for a long time!