Good question! Well, I got this mailer (how they got my name, who knows!) from the Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Joints in Motion Training Team. Their catch phrase? "Run Away to Hawaii..." Hawaii - that sounds good. Then I'm reading and getting *clearly* that this is a MARATHON. I don't want to do a marathon - I put it aside for the recycle bin.

Well, if you've seen my desk - you know things move around in strata layers. From time to time, items come back to the surface level unexpectedly. And so did the marathon mailer. Hmm... I'm starting to think about it. Everyone will think I'm nuts. I think I'm nuts. Everyone will think that there is no way I'll be able to make it. I think I won't be able to make it. And with that... I want to do it. (You've got to understand how my twisted mind works to get this...)

This marathon is a fundraiser for Joints in Motion/The Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States. I choose to run for Joints in Motion (JiM) because it represents many conditions that affect joint health and mobility. The list is surprising and long. One of my dear friends, Melody, is affected by one of these conditions. Fibromyalgia. I'm going to be running in her honor.

The Joints in Motion marathon training program is designed to guide people of all ages and fitness levels through an extensive training program to complete a marathon. Approximately 80% of all Joints in Motion athletes have never run or walked a marathon before, but with JiM's careful guidance and encouragement, nearly all of them go the 26.2 mile distance and cross the finish line. I intend to be one of them!

I'm terribly out of shape and overweight. Doing this means some intense change of lifestyle. I'm going to be hard-pressed to do this. My goal? To raise the pledge money that I've committed to earning... and finishing the marathon. 26.2 miles. (ULP!) More from me soon. If you've done something like this -- I'd love to hear from you. I'm going to need all the encouragement, advice and support I can get.