Well, they say if you come up with a goal you want to achieve, make it public and you're more likely to stick to it. We'll see! My foot finally seems healed and feeling good (after partially tearing a ligament or something in there about 6 weeks ago), so today I started a marathon training program with the goal being the 2012 Hainan DanZhou (pronounced like "Don Joe") International Marathon. Probably not the smartest thing to do after hurting your foot, but hey, you only live once :)
This will be my 5th and (possibly) final marathon, making it a nice round number. The last one I ran was in 2008 in Scotland, so I have some serious training to do to get back into running shape. I have exactly 6 months to train, and I mapped out my training runs between now and then, and it works out better than expected. It's more aggressive than the schedule we had with the LA Leggers (a marathon training organization based in Los Angeles) because I'm starting 6 months ahead instead of 8-ish months ahead, so I hope I can hack it. Dealing with this heat and humidity will probably be the biggest challenge.
I have no idea what finish time to aim for this time around since I'm running in completely different weather, and starting out in worse shape than before, so maybe after several weeks of training I'll try to come up with a time goal. My goal right now is to finish the race...alive, and hopefully cry-laughing like those previous races.