As I have mentioned before, I am getting ready to run my very first race. The Jerusalem marathon, half marathon and 10k takes place in just two months. I am almost 100% positive that I will run the 10k, although I had briefly considered training for the half marathon. My father ran a half marathon a few years ago, and he told me that according to his training program, it is critical to extend my runs to 14 or 15 miles a few weeks before the date of the race. After some careful consideration, I felt that committing to that sort of training program would put too much pressure on me. The best part of “Running without a Watch” is the freedom it gives me. I like not knowing exactly how far I’m going to run when I hit the pavement. So, I decided it was best to start of small and keep things simple with the 10k, a distance I have already run as part of my regular exercising.
Without any pressures on speed and distance, I can really focus my energy on enjoying the sights and sounds of Jerusalem. For me, this race is an amazing opportunity to run in the streets of the city that I travel to every day for work; streets that are normally clogged up with cars, buses and the loud sounds of traffic. Seeing these streets filled with runners of all kinds is definitely not an opportunity to pass up.
Wish me luck!