In 2011, I decided to run a half-marathon. I am new to running. This is how I did it.

My Workout Routine
I ran three times a week. I completed the 13-week training plan in The Beginning Runner's Handbook, then moved on to the advanced plan. That schedule helped me to avoid injury, boredom, and burnout. I consider it a success!

To build strength, I did core exercises sort-of regularly and the Hundred Push Ups training program for a few weeks. I think it would have helped to do more. But I did all right with primarily just running. Here are the events I participated in that year:

Completed Races
One of the things I do when I start, well, anything, is to read about the subject. A lot. Here are a few books that were helpful or interesting in the first stage of my running career.