Welcome everyone to Opening Day of The Penguin Nation.
I am Runner's World columnist John "the Penguin" Bingham and this is the start of one of the most exciting new programs in years. Together with Active.com we - you and I - are going to create the largest, most supportive, community of runners and walkers in history.
This will be YOUR place. YOUR place to feel at home. YOUR place to feel comfortable to ask any question.
If you're not familiar with "the Penguin", you can read more at: JohnBingham.com
So, welcome everyone. Leave a comment. Start a discussion. Put your feet up and make yourself comfortable.
Hi John! I like this concept--count me in
I'll start off with a question. Would you say that 2.5 months is an adequate amount of time to prepare oneself for completing a half-marathon for someone who is active in a variety of ways but isn't the strongest runner?
Hi Trish. And welcome to the Penguin Nation. Be sure to invite your friends.
Yours is almost a trick question so I'm going to give you a qualified answer: Maybe.
Someone who is fit and biomechanically sound, with no nagging injuries could probably ramp up to a half marathon in 2 and a half months. They'd have to understand that the goal would be to complete the distance, not set a world's record time.
It would likely include a fair amount of walking, which I think is always a good idea.
Coach Jenny has half marathon training programs at ActiveTrainer.com and there's always "Marathoning for Mortals".
Hi John! It's great to see you here. Love your RW column.
Now lets talk about "the wall". I've been running 5k, 10k for years and started doing 1/2 marathons last year. Chicago will be my first full marathon coming up in little more than 2 weeks. I did a 20 and a 22-mile training run. On the 22-miler, I "saw the wall" at 20 miles and really had to push through the final 2 miles. Can I expect to see the wall again at that point on marathon day? Did it happen because I ran miles 10-20 too fast? Hydration/nutrition/weather were not factors. Any tips for breaking through it??
Where's your picture buddy? You have to drop a pic of yourself next to your name so we can see who you say you are! HA This is great John and here's hoping this becomes a truly large and informational Nation.
It is nice to "virtually" meet you John. You are a big inspiration to me. I have read, "The Courage To Start", "Running For Mortals" and I always look forward to your columns in Runners World. I began running about a year ago and I have participated in several 5 k's and my first Half Marathon last April. I have passed my books and your philosophy around at work to some new recruits(a friend that has started running at 54). It never fails that we always have your words of wisdom going through our heads at a certain time during a run or race. Glad to see your here!
I've got to tell you that "Without Limits" with Billy Krudup... and "The Courage to Start" got me running and changed my life. The movie peeked my interest and inspired me, and your book just blew the lid off, made me feel capable, and really got me out there. I feel like we're old running partners.
Just thought you should know the impact your work has on the world. Thank you genuinely.