So, I don't do well with weight or pound goals. It feels frustrating and slow and has (obviously) not been a rallying point for me to get behind.
But I think I found something I can rally behind. I want to complete the Equinox marathon in Fairbanks, Alaska in September 2011.
Currently I'm at my heaviest I've been (~270 lbs, 5'10"). I'm not completely out of shape. I managed a cross country ski trip a few days ago and several good tromps through the snow for the past few weeks. I ran cross-country in high school and have begun to get back on the horse, so to speak (picked hiking back up and have done some run/walk - mostly walk on the treadmill).
I've been checked out by my orthopedist about a month ago (i've had several surgeries and a foot that's half metal) and was given the go ahead to train on the condition that I come in regularly for exams and anytime I feel any pain.
The Equinox marathon...man, it's something. It's been rated as one of the tougher marathons (it's no Pike's Peak, but still nothing to sneeze at): it's a trail run with a little under 4000 feet of elevation gain during the run with half that elevation being one straight climb.
Is this a feasible goal? Am I being absurd to think I can go from occasional gym goer to running the Equinox in 21 months? How do I even start to plan and break this down into littler goals?