I came across a pretty interesting group recently. On the ever-reliable Active.com, there is a section dedicated to groups of people who are trying new things this year; for instance, there is a group of people running their first marathon and the site will track their progress as they train for and run the marathon.
There's also people competing in a triathlon, which for me would be impossible since I don't know how to swim (gasp!). Yeah, I never learned. For a while now I've been told (pestered?) to take swim lessons... but that's another topic for another day.
Then there are also some people who are on the opposite end of the fitness spectrum: rookie runners and women who want to lose baby weight. I was the first in '08, a rookie runner, and in many ways I still consider myself a beginner. I've only ran one 5K, and haven't run a race longer than a 10K and haven't run more than eight miles in any setting ever. I'm looking forward to my first double-digit mile run... but again, another topic for another day!
I hope to follow these people's progress and if something interesting catches my eye I'll blog about it. Figured I'd pass it along, if nothing else to let you know that at all levels and all types of different people, goals are necessary and important towards becoming fit, maintaining your fitness and challenging yourself.