I don't have a bucket list but I do have a few things I would like to do in this lifetime. One of those being to run a marathon. Now with that being said, I'm not implying by any means that I am a runner. In fact I am far from calling myself a runner. I do my daily 4 mile walk with a friend and then to make life a little more interesting, on Mondays, we walk up a rather long steep hill (2 miles) and jog partway down it. (About 1 1/2 miles). I usually do this same hill on Saturdays too. That's the extent of my running. I have always been so impressed by people that run so diligently and that participate in marathons and have often wondered if I could ever have enough drive and stamina to do one myself?
A few days ago as my daughter and I were heading to the Festival of Trees we saw a billboard advertising the Utah Valley Half Marathon in June 2011. She told me she was signing up and asked me if I wanted to as well. My mouth and heart said "yes" instantly but my body just laughed. She told me some more details and talked about getting a training schedule online to help me, and shared some more about what's involved with the whole experience and getting prepared for it.
My heart really, really wants to do this but I'm so worried that my 40+ body is too old. Don't get me wrong. I know there are many 40+ runners out there that run circles around me but they've probably been at this whole running idea for many years. Can a person my age just decide she wants to do this and be successful? Will my body rebel? Will my knees shut down? Will my motivation to do this stay strong, or will I say it's too hard and quit? Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! My mind is really having a hard time with this decision. Any advice friends?