I know on the Chinese calendar this is the year of the snake, but here at my house, 2013 is definitely the Year of the Mouse.
Gayle has set a goal to walk the Disney Marathon in 2014. The marathon will be on her birthday, and it’s a perfect excuse to get in shape, visit some family in Florida and go see Mickey.
I have decided to train and walk the marathon with her….not run it, just walk. My reasons for walking instead of running are:
- I am fat and out of shape. And I know that, at least for me, trying to run and cycle is difficult. I feel fat and slow and it is super easy to just give up. Training to walk a marathon is a great way to lose weight and get in shape, with less pressure to be fast and perfect right away.
- I am not getting any younger. I am still going to participate in triathlons, and my goal of completing an Ironman is no where near dead. However, I believe it will be better for me to lose the 80ish pounds I have to lose and strengthen my muscles with a walking plan rather than going out first thing and pounding the pavement.
- I want to support Gayle. Walking 26.2 miles is no easy task, and I know both of us will have days when we don’t feel like training. It will be good to have that other person to push us to get moving.
- It will be fun. For Gayle’s 50th birthday last month, we committed to walking a 50K throughout the month of January. And we had a great time getting out almost every day and walking at least a mile. We talked about all sorts of things and just really had fun. I can’t imagine walking and training for the marathon won’t be fun too.
So, with that said, Monday begins the quest for Disney 2014. I think spending the next 10 months getting in shape with the ultimate goal to get back to triathlons in 2014 is the best thing for me.
So, you see – around our house, this really is the Year of the Mouse!
I’m very excited to begin this journey. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!
And, even though I’m walkin’ – I’m still tri-in