A Mara-WHAT?

About 3 weeks ago or so I was laying in bed about to fall asleep and I realized that I need to get more in shape and healthy and all that other garbage that is important.  The only issue I have is doing something that I have a goal to reach, and also something that I will not hate.  I have just gone to the gym and worked out before and eventually I lose interest. The best training I have done was when there was a goal in mind, specifically a triathlon.

Now, the triathlon that I did was just a small Try-a-Tri distance, usually a stepping stone to larger races and such.  Well I did a couple of years in a row (Got first place in my age category the second year….I was the only person IN the age category) and found that I really dislike the swimming aspect, and also the running portion.  Speaking of the triathlon my wife loves the sport and has done a half-Ironman race, and hopes to do a full Ironman within the next couple of years. In addition, my brother-in-law has completed approximately 10 Ironman races all over the world and other family members of mine have done them too.  I don’t understand them as humans.  It’s hard enough to cheer for them for up to 17 hours, so I cannot imagine why they would want to do all that activity……ANYWAY

I’m lying there in bed thinking about what I want to do, and it hits me.  I guess I need to try out a half-marathon.  For those of you that don’t know, it’s a running race that is 21.1 Kilometers (approx 13.1 miles, for you doody Americans and your silly length system) of running.  Now most people do not run the entire race without stopping.  Of course the ultra crazies do that, but I will not.  I feel  that since a majority of my family is athletic and I need to get in shape, I need to try this out to see if I like it.

I am a little worried that I will be walking or shuffling the last few KMs, but I am sure I will be able to finish, and that is my goal.

I will try my best to keep you all up to date on training and how it all goes.