As an occupational therapist I'm supposed to be good at goal setting. Just right challenges that stretch a person's capacity without breaking them and causing further physical, mental and emotional meltdown. Is the idea of crossing a finishing line after thirteen miles a step too far? I'm not sure if I can turn my dream into a goal. Injury has stymied my running attempting before. Perhaps I am permanently past it.
On the positive side I've been quietly stepping up the exercise lately with a bit more running and cycling. So I thought I'd see if the knee that had surgery a couple of years ago would play ball again. So I'm back to NHS Choices Couch to 5K, a nine week running plan where after nine weeks I might be able to run about three miles.
My last attempt was aborted sometime during week two. But there's progress onto week three this time. I've downloaded week three and will try running the heady continuous distance of three minutes tomorrow. Wow! That's triple the duration of a couple of weeks ago.
So what's my goal? With my hope intact have I revised it to a triathlon? Let's keep it realistic shall we. One step at a time. I just aim each time to complete the next run without injury.