No, I trained last time in 2 months for a marathon. This time I'm giving myself 6-9 months to train properly. And I won't sign up for one until I feel I'm ready. And I definitely don't feel like I'm "couch." I work all day with 8 infants, walk a good 2 miles to and from the bus each day. My body doesn't feel fat. I may have extra weight, but that hasn't kept me from hiking, walking, rock climbing, sky diving, and soon, to run my 2nd marathon. I just want to enjoy it more this time by being in total shape.