I’m going to run the Baltimore Half Marathon. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile now, and I just decided today. That isn’t the exciting part though, the exciting part is that I’m going to train for the half. For real, with a training plan, and building mileage, and long runs on the weekend, and tapering, and everything. The whole training-for-a-half shebang. I’ve never done it before (the first time I ran a half I had never run more than an 8k before race day), but they say it’s a good way to improve, and not injure yourself, so I’m going to give it a try. I suspect it’ll be hard, which is unfortunate, but character-building, and I’m planning on buying a calendar tomorrow (I needed one for school anyway, so the training thing just happens to dovetail nicely with this particular purchase), and stickers, to mark the days that I run, as means of a reward. The tricky part of training is going to be timing, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to get back into rower’s hours, and wake up at the crack of dawn, because it’s too hot and I’m too tired to run after school. I’ve done that before, and it suited me nicely though, so I’m not too worried. I’m actually pretty pumped to get started- I mapped out this week’s running route, and set up food for pre- and post-run breakfasts, and I’m going to pack tomorrow’s lunch tonight, just to make sure I have enough time in the morning. It’ll be good to have a fitness goal, and my roommates might run too, so I’ll have company on my long training runs (though probably not on my dark and early weekday runs). It’s good to have a plan.