If you're new to the series, you can get started with my intro below. Otherwise, just scroll to the right to pick up where you left off.
Happy reading and running!
NOTE: DO NOT read and run at the same time. It's quite dangerous. Enjoy!
Part I: The Introduction1 of 8
Hiya! I'm Scott, senior editor for ACTIVE.com, and I'm about to run my first half marathon. Wait... what?
Part II: Making Great Strides2 of 8
Apparently I'm really doing this, so I guess I better get the right shoes. Join me as I get my first gait analysis (don't worry, the tests came back negative) to see what kind of running shoe is right for me.
Part III: Unleashed3 of 8
Seriously though, I actually have to do this? Fine. I'm gonna need my music though, but I'm sick of my headphones getting tangled up when I run. What are these "wireless headphones" you speak of? Witchcraft, I say!
Part IV: Watch Yourself4 of 8
If I'm actually gonna go through with this I guess I better figure out how long it'll take me to run 13.1 (!) miles. I try out my first running watch to see if I can make sense of this newfangled technology.
Part V: Compress for Success5 of 8
You win, running community! I finally ditched my cotton apparel for some real running gear. I also tried out this fancy fuel belt.
Part VI: Give Me Fuel6 of 8
Time to try out some supplements so I have enough energy and don't pass out on the race course. What is energy gel made of, exactly?
Part VII: No One Told Me it Was Going to Feel Like This7 of 8
Scott reflects on completing his first half marathon and considers the possibility of training for a full.