July 22nd, 2009

running 2009

Fitness goal for 40

I want to do something special to commemorate my 40th birthday next February. Not just a party, but something to celebrate self-improvement. I thought about training for a full marathon again, but I'm really not convinced that it's a good idea to put that much strain on my body just to say "I did it", for what is essentially an arbitrary distance. The half I'm doing this Sunday is plenty long enough, especially at my current pace.

So I thought about making a goal of running 40 miles a week, but again, at my current pace, I think that might be too much. Forty miles a month? Too little. Then I thought of the metric system: 40 km a week = approximately 25 miles. Ahhh, there's the sweet spot.

So that will be my goal for 2010: running a minimum of 40 kilometers a week, beginning February 3. I have plenty of time to work up to that distance; despite losing weight and training for races, my exercise habits have been very erratic, and having a distance goal will give me something besides a race to motivate myself. Wish me luck!