It’s dangerous to say you’re thinking about doing something, because then you may actually have to do it. Where I work, people are really big on goal setting, so this is the time of year we begin to look ahead for what we would like to accomplish next year. There’s a distinction between goals and resolutions, and I’m honestly not quite into the groove of yearly goal-setting yet. This is mostly because I can’t decide what I want out of life, and partially because I think we can get caught up in our own plans and ignore God’s leading.
That said, as I look at where I currently stand, and what I would like to look back upon when I’m old, I think 2013 may be the year for me to run a marathon – a full marathon. I’ve done the half marathon a couple of times, and while it was tough, I did alright. It just so happens that right now I am young, single, and live in a location perfect for long-distance runs. I can’t imagine training for a marathon while having a wife and kids, so maybe this is my shot to really push myself.
My reasons for wanting to complete the race are varied and somewhat contrived. Honestly, if I don’t have a reason to be physically active, I live sedentarily. Considering that I sit at a desk for eight hours or more per day, this is a bad situation. So I will at a minimum get back in shape, exercise discipline, and be able to check something off of my list – something to tell my grandkids about along with explaining my tattoos.
I say all that to say that if I want to do it, I need a plan. I found this cool site that generates a training schedule for you to import to your Google Calendar. It was dead simple, which I really appreciated compared to entering dozens of items on my calendar. What I’m not so sure about is the training methodologies. I’ve never had to run back-to-back days in my prior training, but I suppose this is a very different thing than I’ve done before. I may post more about the process once I get into it. Until then, I’m very open to training schedules that don’t include back-to-back run days.