The New Year is just around the corner. Durning 2011, I received several emails and facebook messages from people saying that they want to run their first marathon or half-marathon in 2012, and I’m here to say YES! Let’s do it. In fact, I’d like to throw down a challenge.

If you’re a runner who has been thinking/dreaming/wondering about amping up the miles, but you’re ambivalent or scared, you’re in good company. I’d like to invite you to join the 2012 Marathon or Half-marathon challenge.

Here’s how it works:

1. Send me an email (clostman@live.com) or write a comment to this (or any subsequent) blog post telling me your first name and the race you’re shooting for.

2.I’ll post your name, your race and your miles (as you update me with your progress) on my 2012 Virtual Training Partners page. I’ll even quote any comments, complaints, or questions you send along (again, via email or on a blog comment) on my Runner Updates wall.

3. I’ll post regular encouragement, training tips, and nutritional advice right here. I’ll even answer your questions, if I can (and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does).

So what do you say? Who’s in????

Stay tuned for tips on choosing your first Marathon or Half Marathon.