In June a few moms from my sons youchien decided to join a 10k race this coming November. They asked me if I'd like to join but I said "No way! I have never run before!" Then I started going to the gym just to get into better shape. Between my son's school schedule and my teaching schedule I wasn't getting that much time at the gym. I live right across from the river so I decied to give running a try. My first couple of runs were almost enough to make me give up (too hot) but I kept going at it. 3 months later - I get up at 4:45 about 3-4 times a week to go run before I have to make obentou and breakfast for my family. Only short runs during the week (5k) and on the weekends just a bit longer (7k or 10 1/12k depending on time) I also go to the gym at least once a week. My husband goes on business trips often so I can't run in the morning some weeks ~ I just go to the gym more (^_^)/. My goal is to run a half marathon next year. Any advice for a beginner is greatly appreciated!!!