Toronto Mike

My Personal Offline Challenge


I've been looking for an offline challenge.  I've noticed that outside of fatherhood, all my recent personal challenges have involved a computer.  It's time to set a goal that doesn't involve staring at an LCD screen for hours at a time.

I was inspired by Saint Ralph.  For some writing about Saint Ralph, check out this page.  Ralph needed a miracle, so he set out to win the Boston Marathon.  I don't need a miracle, but for a guy who hasn't run since the 4x100m relay in primary school, challenges don't get much bigger than this.  I'm going to run a marathon.

I made this decision a couple of months ago, and the first thing I did was contact a reader who left a comment about having run the Boston Marathon.  He put me in touch with people who could help transform a total noob with no running experience into a marathoner.  I'm literally starting from square one.

Since this blog is all about me, I'll blog about this challenge.  I start clinics in a couple of weeks.  I'm currently out of breath if I run a couple of blocks, so this should be interesting.  When I need inspiration, I always have that song.

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

I've also registered to run in The Terry Fox Run in September.  It's no marathon, but it's for a great cause.  You can sponsor me here.

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