Broad Street Run 2009: I'm joining, are you?

Runners near the Naval Yard finish of the 2007 Broad Street Run.
Runners near the Naval Yard finish of the 2007 Broad Street Run.

I never was a runner.

I played basketball in high school, something with which I’ve kept up a bit. I wasn’t a runner.

Still, I am – fairly early on – throwing my hat in on this year’s Broad Street Run, the busiest 10-mile run in the country, to be held this year on May 3, 2009. Who is with me?

Since I am no runner by admission, I will be following the first nine weeks of Hal Higdon’s half marathon training schedule for a novice. So, in the last week of February, I will begin a slightly modified form of his regimen. Beginning two weeks ago though, I have been taking short runs every other day, interspersed with stretching and, my favorite, basketball (cross-training, son)!

Really, this is all about commitment, considering I probably have never run more than four or five consecutive miles in my life.

If you haven’t heard of the Broad Street Run, you really should. The largest 10-miler in the country is an amble down Philadelphia’s most famed main thoroughfare, Broad Street, from Somerville below East Oak Lane in North Philadelphia all the way to the Naval Yard in (really) South Philly. Here is a neat post from the 700Level on the 2007 BSR, from whom I am using the above photo.

Since “Complete a Marathon” is on My Life To-do List and I am not getting any younger and certainly not in any better shape, I am thinking of pointing this in the direction of that goal, but I am not making that promise yet at all. Don’t worry, I am not that naive.

Now, I am posting this here because I knew I couldn’t hide from a promise made here. However, because this is more personal, future updates of less magnitude will happen over at my personal blog, My Life To-do List, where this is cross-posted. Any bigger updates, if there are any, or, you know, if things just get slow, I’ll post here. So, don’t worry, if you simply don’t care, you won’t have to hear about it.

Photo courtesy of the 700Level.com.