Well, I completed the Motatapu Marathon course, and if I redefine my goal to 42km, 42years old, 420mins - I achieved it! Given the top runner in my age group finished in 3hrs 50 something minutes, 4hrs 20mins was, in perfect hindsight, an unrealistic goal.
My legs starting to complain at 9km and providing outright contempt at 12km - shows the implementation of the plan to achieve the goal was also woefully inadequate. But the perseverance not to give up and redefine my goal, ensured that walking the remaining 30km was done as quickly as possible through scenery I now had the time to enjoy. Finishing in 6hrs 32mins (where walking backwards down parts of the course was preferable to stop the cacophony of complaints from calves and knee) is still an achievement given the terrain - but never again.
This experience has reinforced the concept that you can be healthy without having a level of fitness required for a specific activity. I know I can dance for 3-4 hours without any problems but playing football can leave me gasping for air in minutes.
Being healthy is about a lifestyle and includes what you eat, how you react to stress, the physical environment that surrounds you and the amount of movement you participate in. It's not about counting calories, forever being in a meditative state, and being at the gym every day.
Being healthy is also a good place to enable you to become fit for any activity that you want to participate in, as long as you put in the training - and often, it's more than you think!
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