A New Personal Goal

So here's the deal..

I have recently decided that I want to attempt to run the annual Walt Disney World marathon in 2012.

Honestly, I really can't pinpoint what made me decide that I wanted to do this, but ever since I got the little thought into my head, I realized that I really want and need do accomplish this goal. I'm not setting out to impress anyone, achieving this goal will be totally and completely something that I want to do for myself. Why you might ask? Because I want to, and most of all, because I believe that I can.

I am not a runner at the moment - at least I haven't been a runner for umm.. approximately 13 years - but am a rider. I have ridden horses very actively for the past 15 years, so it's not like I'm starting from nothing. I am physically active already, running is just going to be a different sort of physical activity. Something that will be good for me.

The plan is to start very slow, with my first goal to be able to run for 30 minutes straight. I then hope to be able to progress to be capable of doing a 5K and maybe even 10K run by the end of 2010. 2011 will hopefully be the year for more 10K runs and at least one half marathon in preparation for the big goal - the Walt Disney World marathon in January 2012.

The purpose of this blog is to have a written account of my journey from start, to finish. I just want to be able to have something to look back on in a couple of years when I reach my final goal. I think it will be great to be able to look back in the end to see how I struggled (because it is inevitable that I will struggle at the start), but then managed to power through. I know I can do this and have total and complete faith in myself.

If people feel that they want to follow me along through my personal journey, that will just be icing on the cake!