So, in Part 1, you read how I came to be signed up for a half marathon.

Knowing that in 4 months, I had to go from topping out at 5 kms in 30 minutes, to 21 kms in around 2 and a half hours. This was fairly intimidating to me. I asked a bunch of people I trust greatly for giving advice (waves at goodjerdom) if I could do it.

The response was an unquestioning yes, as long as I kept running and gradually increasing my distance. They gave a bunch of training plans that they suggested, and I vowed to pick one and follow it as best as I could.

That plan didn’t last very long, mainly due to interference run by my wife and kids, and my evening job. Most plans rely on 5 or 6 days of training, be it running or some form of cross training. If was lucky this summer, I managed to get in 3 or 4 days of running in. So, I decided that I would just gradually increase my distance by about a km or so every 2 weeks.

About mid-july, I noticed my shoes were getting kinda worn, so I bought myself a new pair of shoes. At the same time, I was regularly doing over 10 kms on my training runs.  About mid-august, I hit my longest training run yet, 17 kms in a little over 2 hours.

And then my knee decided the throw a great big f*** you into the pln.