Whenever people ask if I'm a runner, I say I pretend to be. For years, I was pretty content to put in my 2-3 miles, 2-3 times a week - and often just plod through it. When my husband and I were dating, we'd go for runs together, and he started pushing me to pick up the pace. Over the past three years, we've added a little distance, too. I'm still no marathon runner, but I am pretty consistent now with 4-5 runs a week, and distances of 4 and 5 miles are a regular part of the routine. I still tend to get psyched out by anything further. To overcome that, I've set a new goal - I plan to sign up for the 10k Governor's Cup run in the Sunflower State Games. I've run several 5k races, and a couple four-milers, but nothing further. The Sunflower State Games is about finding your "inner athlete" and challenging yourself, so what better opportunity to push myself a little further. Plus, the atmosphere should help. This year, the Governor's Cup runs will be held on the first Friday night of the games, right after the opening ceremony. The energy should help push me toward the finish line. It's approximately six weeks to the run. I'd love to have you join me - if not for the 10k, then try the 5k. As we work toward our goal, I'll share some updates and track down a few training tips. I might even seek out some of my friends in the running community to get their advice. I'd love to hear your advice as well. My main challenge will be adding distance while dealing with a perpetual time crunch! Meantime, head to the Sunflower State Games to check out all the events available, and get your registration complete - www.sunflowergames.com. See you there!