Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I am a late adopter. I'm always one of the last to catch up with the latest trends.
The Laser came out in 1971. I didn't discover it until the early 80's.
Blogging took off in 1999. I didn't start doing it until 2005.
I don't have a smart phone (yet). I think it's because I would feel slightly intimidated to have a phone that's smarter then me.
For the last year or two I've been thinking about taking up half-marathon running more seriously. I ran my first half-marathon in 2007 and did a couple last year. I keep thinking it would be cool to get my fitness level up to a point where I could run half marathons on a regular basis. Maybe do one in each of the six New England states in the same year?
I recently discovered that there is an organization called Half Fanatics for people who are half-marathon crazy. They even have criteria for advancing through the various levels of Half Fanatic starting with Neptune (2 half marathons within 16 days) through Saturn (4 half marathons in different US states in 51 days) to Vulcan (sorry - unattainable.) That sounds like fun. I think I would like to be a Half Fanatic.
My training to be a Half Fanatic hasn't started well this year. It seemed like I was picking up successive coughs and colds from my grandkids all winter. I would run for a few weeks then have two weeks off and have to go back to square one again. But now I'm focused on building up my distance week by week to be ready to run a half marathon later this summer. One of my sons has even sorta kinda promised to follow the same program.
After that, the sky is the limit. Maybe I can squeeze in those 6 half marathons in 6 states in the last 6 months of the year? I think that would qualify me as a Uranus level Half Fanatic. Woo hoo!
Of course I'm behind the trend again. According to this report the half-marathon has been the fastest growing road race distance in the United States since 2003. Damn. I'm already 8 years behind the times. Again. What's new?
I wonder how many more years I should wait before I get a smart phone?