I want to be a runner. Not some halfhearted jogging type, a runner.

When asked about my fitness protocol, I always answer with the same response, “I’m a wannabe runner.” But what constitutes a runner? 3 miles? 5 miles? 13 miles? When I started 5k training around 5 years ago, it was a pretty easy process, you know, barring the sore shins, knee pain, and lower back strain. I continued running for about a year, until I completely lost interest (which isn’t too unusual for me in regards to exercise) and quit entirely.

Fast forward to earlier this year when I completed 5k training again. It felt great, and I started to wonder what it would feel like to run twice that far. Well, to be honest, I think the first thought in my head was, “why would anyone in their right mind want to run further than 3 miles?” So, I asked people. Lots of people. And I liked what I heard. So I started 10k training 3 weeks ago. I’m not going to lie – running/walking on a treadmill for 73 minutes can feel downright brutal, but I’m getting stronger everyday. I’ve got 6 weeks left in my training program, and I sure hope you’ll stick around to see it through with me.