That's exactly what I did this morning on my way to work on the day of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Now, I'm a relatively fit dude. I can join in a pickup game of basketball, flag football or darts and hold my own. But I'm not marathon fit.
I may never be marathon fit. And that disappoints me.
I'm not going to go and make any bold resolutions here that I know I just can't live up to. But I will say this: I'm going to make a concerted effort to really research what it would take to train for the marathon. In other words, I'm going to take the steps to find out how to find out how to take the steps to training for next year's marathon.
In essence, I'm forming a marathon exploratory committee.
But you know what scares me most about running a marathon? It isn't the training. It isn't the inevitable soreness. It's the potty. What if I have to go to the bathroom while I'm en route? There's probably a simple answer to this, but what if there isn't? And what if there is a simple answer that isn't really simple to me?
Meanwhile, a trio of Kenyans are looking like they're going to complete the race in just over two hours.
I can hold it for two hours. Right? Wait ... that would mean I'd have to ... you know what ... never mind. I'm already exhausted.
11:06 a.m. Update: I just watched Evans Cheuriyot of Kenya complete the Chicago Marathon in 2:06:25. Unbelievable that people can do this. I'm getting updates on my Blackberry from friends who are running it. I'm not sold yet, but I'm starting to think that I might seriously take a huge step in the direction toward finding out how to do this.
Find out how your friends are doing here.
Meanwhile, watch video of Cheuriyot winning it at NBC5.com.
If you'd like to join my Chicago Marathon exploratory committee and offer any advice on where to start a year out, please do share. Already Hans has quelled my bathroom-related fears.