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13 weeks to a first Half Marathon

Pat Dooris

by Frank Mungeam

Bio | Email | Follow: @KGWNews

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 21 at 5:24 PM

Could you run a Half Marathon?

For lifelong runners, the answer is probably "sure" or "done that." But not for KGW-TV Reporter Pat Dooris.

The self-confessed NON-runner had never done more than a 5K until a year ago, and had never been a "runner" as an adult. But in April, he was inspired to tackled the challenge of trying to run a Half Marathon.

He's signed up for the Foot Traffic Flat Fast Half, a 13.1 mile run around Portland's Sauvie Island over the July 4 holiday, and has also joined a 13-week training program with others who share his goal.

He's going to be blogging each week about his experience, and - hopefully - his transformation into a Half Marathoner.

Your tips and experiences are welcome in our COMMENTS section.