A friend posted this link a couple days ago:
In case you don't feel like following the link, it's a relay race. A 196-mile relay race. And I'm actually seriously considering signing up.
If you know me at all you know how ridiculous this is. I've done a couple of 5-K races, but usually with reluctance and a great deal of mental swearing. The last one I only did because my sister needed a running partner.
But this looks... well... fun. The thing is, you're running with a team of 11 other runners, and the most anyone runs is 20 miles, broken up into 3 sections. The website also has a detailed training schedule posted, which would help a lot. And the next one in our area isn't until next November. I'd have a whole year!
So, I've decided I'm going to work on the training schedule. Even if I don't end up doing the race itself for some reason - scheduling issues, or not getting a team together - it gives me something to work towards and a definite goal. Also - a nice side effect - it will help me get into better physical shape. The race website recommends that every participant be able to keep up an 11-minute mile pace, so that's another goal. I'm also going to try to do at least two 5-K races between now and then, and work towards running a consistent 11-minute mile pace throughout the race.
Towards that end, I went out running this evening. I gave myself 20 minutes and managed 1.7 miles (according to mapmyrun.com), which works out to an 11:45 pace... not too bad! Of course I don't think I could have gone another step, so we've still got a long way to go :-)
I won't belabour the point on this blog - it's not mainly about exercising - but I'll probably mention it every now and then. I wanted to post about it initially as a motivation factor; if other people know about my goals, then I'm more likely to keep to them!