Countdown to the Countdown
6/20/2011 9:53 AM
I’m a bit funny about setting goals; in doing so, I’m painfully aware of the potential for disappointment. Take my weight-loss goals: For years I’ve had a number in mind. It was 60 pounds less than my start weight. I’ve edged toward that number over six years; never going up, but often staying still for months. I’m about 10 pounds away from that number and have been for about a year now.
It’ll kick in eventually. So I’m setting my sight on a different goal: Running a marathon. I started running about 20 months ago and since then I’ve done six half-marathons and several races in between. I’ve also had a few injuries along the way and I’m currently healing from a nasty case of ITBS on both legs.
I was incredibly lucky to get into the ING New York City Marathon this year, and training starts proper in three weeks. I’m still slightly amazed, when I think about it, that I’m even considering this. My life has changed so much in the past few years, and I think this is going to be a banner year. Within the last few weeks of the year, I will turn 40, celebrate my 5th wedding anniversary (my wonderful, supportive, ridiculously handsome husband, Sean, is pictured with me here), and run a marathon.
If I get to my goal weight in that time? Great. If not, then who cares, I RAN A FREAKING MARATHON. How about that??
Another goal? To blog more. So consider this the countdown to my marathon training blog. Are you planning a big goal this year? Let’s do it together!
-Elly Trickett McNerney
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