In fact the same way I ended up on the bridge to 10k forum, following a thread someone had suggested, and look where that led! I'm pretty sure most of you know me anyway - I'm the one with a lycra addiction and a garish wardrobe Hello xxx
But since I'm here, yes, I have been thinking of working towards a half marathon. I started c25k last October. On the 28th of that month we went to Iceland and I actually did a tiny 0.77km run, borrowing my partner's trainers, which were too big for me, and bundled up in my ski jacket. But I will never forget it, running on black lava tracks under enormous stars, puffing clouds like a dragon in the frosty air. I graduated c25k in mid January this year and ran my first 10k in mid April, accidentally, halfway through ju-ju- 's excellent plan. I've had the benefit of living in a hilly area, and i think that's really helped me build stamina.
I've run several 10ks two 11ks and a 12k since then, as well as lots of shorter runs. I'm not fast, I wasn't fast when I ran in my teens, but once I get going I can just keep running and find it easier to keep running than to walk, including up hills (of which there are many round here). But I am slow! The 12k took me 1hr 54min - mind you it would probably have been faster but I forgot to take fluids, not having planned to run so far, and I was dangerously dehydrated, panting, fainting etc by the time I got home (shan't do that again!). I was hoping to have pushed my distance further this summer but it's just been too darned hot, though now I'm using my hydration backpack with electrolytes I'm better equipped to cope with the heat and humidity.
I'm running 3 to 5 times a week now mostly and have done a couple of short runs on consecutive days a couple of times. I've paid up to do 50 miles in August (I've done 44 miles so far this month) and I shall do it as I want the bling and the compression top! I'm doing a 10k charity race at Blenheim at the end of September, my first public event of any kind as we have no parks here and I don't drive.
So, I would really like to think of a half, but I'm worried I will be too slow and won't beat the cut off time. My pace is partly down to age (I'm 71) but also partly down to having a weak leg with muscle wasting and shortening, due to having had a fractured femur in my youth; this makes my left buttock less developed too, and i have a slight scoliosis as a result. I have a problem building the muscle up on that leg, though it's very much improved since I started running again. One factor is that I have to use support for that knee because it was badly damaged at the same time my leg was broken. Unfortunately the bandage covers the area just above the knee where I have the worst muscle wastage, a visible and serious dip on the inside front of my thigh. I think the bandage is restricting the muscle (in the same way a ring stops your finger muscle). i think i need to look into alternative strapping!
So, should I keep gradually increasing my distance for now and think about edging towards a half next year? Do I need to consolidate the longer runs or just keep increasing gradually? I find pace is slowly improving the more I run, and if I feel the need of a longer break between runs I respect my body and take it.
Anyway, I've written a thesis again! Sorry!