Someday, I would like to meet Dan Brooks – the senior writer over at Star Wars.com.
Even though he’s a Yankee fan (go Red Sox), I really enjoy his written work about Star Wars.
But today, I stumbled upon his latest, which focuses instead on a galaxy not so far away. I loved it.
As a runner, I was never a marathon or half-marathon guy. I would typically run three to four miles, and enjoyed participating in Turkey Trots and 5Ks and 10Ks, including those at runDisney events. But a half marathon? Not for me. My knees and I are fine sipping hot cocoa and cheering from the sidelines, thank you.
Then, last year, I learned about the runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon. I’d never heard of “virtual” runs before, and wondered if this meant I’d be putting on something that looks like Luke’s training helmet from A New Hope for some kind of futuristic experiment. Turns out that’s not the case.
Here’s the gist: you can run 13.1 miles (the length of a half marathon) any way you want, all on the honor system. You can run one mile today, three miles tomorrow, four miles three weeks later, etc. You can walk it, or walk some of it. You can run in Central Park or on a treadmill in your basement. Whatever. It’s a simple yet really smart idea, and it made me excited. Here was a half marathon that anyone, really, could participate in. The promised medal — featuring Poe Dameron and a movable X-wing (!) — only sweetened the deal for this Star Wars obsessive.
However, my favorite line from the entire piece was about Brook’s love of running…
When you’re a runner, running is a big part of who you are.
Then one day you wake up and realize you’re not 35 anymore.Dan Brooks, StarWars.com
Anyway, read up on the runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon, then join me next month on the treadmill.
You running? Let me know on Twitter via @jmbishopjr.