I've only gone and entered the Liverpool half marathon! It takes place next March, which I figured will give me lots of time to train for it. The only thing that is slightly scaring me is that it means I'll have to become a dedicated winter runner. I am a bit of a fair weather runner - preferring to hibernate in the winter and saying that it isn't safe to run in the dark is always my favourite excuse (although I know it's mostly rubbish if you stick to main roads and use common sense anyway).
I have a gym membership to fall back on but the thought of running for longer than 15 minutes on the treadmill bores me to tears. I'm determined to do most of my running outside. I have a 10k race in October (Southport 10k on the 7th October) and from then on I'll be slowly building up my mileage over the winter. To be honest, the thought of running in the dark and in the cold over the next few months is making me have second thoughts...but to motivate me through it is the thought of running my first half marathon in my favourite city AND the opportunity to buy new clothes.
I've already started by buying a new sports bra (Shock Absorber from Bravissimo - they don't move an inch! Such a good bra!), a thermal base layer top and ugly but practical fluro yellow running jacket. Running clothes are pretty much all ugly, but for some reason I really enjoy buying them. I really like Nike running clothes but can't quite bring myself to spend £45 on a running top (I wouldn't even spend that on a normal top, probably a dress).
So, does anyone who's ran 13.1 miles before have any tips and advice for me?