|Riverside bike path, Ottawa, ON|
At this point you're probably wondering what goal I have set for myself. I have two goals - one is reasonable, the other is a very serious challenge. Goal 1: Run a Marathon. Goal 2: Complete a Triathlon. I'm sure you can guess which of the two is the reasonable one.
Although many people run marathons all the time, it is still a lot of work. A marathon is 42km. That's really far. The world record for the fastest marathon time is 2 hours 5 minutes. The average time to complete a marathon in the USA in 2009 was 4 hours 35 minutes. Could you run for 4 hours? I sure can't. So let's set some smaller goals, shall we?
The standard race lengths are 5k, 10k, half marathon (21km) and marathon (42km). You can find all the races you want on the running room's website. I can already run 5km, so the next step is 10km. I think this is an achievable goal for the summer, so I bit the bullet and signed up for the Oasis ZooRun 10k at the Toronto Zoo! The races usually are there to raise money for some kind of charity. I'm a poor
This race takes place September 24th, 2011, giving me about 2 and a half months left to train for it. If that goes well, I'll spend the fall and winter training for a half marathon sometime in the spring. Then if that goes well, I'll try to find a full marathon to run either in the fall, or the following spring. As for Goal 2, that's a topic for another post!