Running a marathon is a lofty goal. Take things one step at a time. Don't move one until you are really ready to. If you hit a spot where you think 10k runs are enough, then stay there for a while.
One mantra if "Respect the distance." I have run a coule of marathons and I discovered that 26 miles is not my cup of tea. I get thoroughly bored. So I am staying at Half marathon for a while. I plan on one full a year to see if I like it any better, but that's it.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
You're doing the right thing by taking it one step at a time. Approaching triathlon with a good swimming base really is an advantage. Most people find swimming to be intimidating and difficult, but because you're already comfortable in water you can concentrate on the two other disciplines. With your approach I know you'll meet both of your goals -- doing an Ironman and running marathons when you're 90!
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
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Hello there fellow Sparkers! I am new but hadn't introduced myself yet despite being on here for almost two weeks now. I'm the person that usually sets really big goals. My ultimate goal for fitness is to run in a triathlon (Ironman!). However, I am now on the journey to even be able to run a marathon, none the less biking and swimming along with the running. My smaller steps are a 5K, then 10K, half marathon, and then finally the full marathon. I'm on the 0 to 5K to 10K running program through an app on my iPad. It's been pretty good. I've been a swimmer for four years but I never really kept in shape during the off season so I never got anywhere. I want to keep fit and healthy because I want to be able to grow old and still be running marathons when I'm 90.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. ~Marianne Williamson
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