I am 55 years old and I am being kind to myself when I say that I am not in the best physical condition of my life. The joints hurt, I haven't run in several years, and I am 90 lbs. over weight.
Those are the circumstances. But, to hell with circumstances. I have a bucket list, and on my bucket list is a marathon. So, by golly, I am going to run a marathon.
I can't just sign up to run a marathon when I can't run a quarter mile. That is a great way to get hurt. To run a marathon, I have to build the kind of body that can run a marathon. That takes effort and commitment over the long run.
These are the steps I am taking in order to successfully run a marathon.
Step 1: Commit myself to running a marathon. Check.
Step 2: Recognize all the other times I have committed to a course of action and been successful. For instance, in my 40's, I decided that I would get a black belt in martial arts before I turned 50. Seven years later, I had three black belts included a second degree in Hapkido. I can do this! Check.
Step 3: Determine the date by when I will run the marathon. I don't want it to be too soon, since I need to develop the abilities necessary. So, my goal is to run it before my 61st birthday. That is, before June 13, 2021, I will successfully complete a marathon. Check.
Step 4: Determine my goal for time it will take to finish the marathon. My goal is to complete the marathon in 4 hours. This will help determine the effort I need to put into the required fitness level. Check.
Step 5: Put together a training plan that includes diet, weight loss goals, and exercise. In my case, I am using the Isagenix meal replacement diet, will lose 90 more lbs, and have started walk/running 20 miles per week. As my ability increases, the effort will also increase. Check.
Step 6: Make it real in the world by not only putting effort into it, but talking about it with friends and family. Including this blog, and the tee-shirt I wear when I work out that says, "Couch to Marathon by June 13, 2021." Check.
Step 7: Its a game. Work hard. Sweat hard. Play hard. But I won't be hard on myself. Check.
Step 8: Most important of all: KEEP GOING!!!
So, this is part of my five year journey. I am four weeks into it. I will occasionally share the trip, not only to motivate myself, but maybe to inspire you to take on a large project, just because you can!
Whatever journey you are on, make it a good one and KEEP GOING!!!