There are many many opportunities to set a goal or bucket list item that will help you stay fit. One of the greatest is to sign up for a marathon. This makes you accountable to achieve something in a specific time frame and gives a penalty to you if you fail to achieve it. The penalty being you loose the money for the registration fee and have to face friends and family that expected you to do a marathon. Fortunately this does not have to be expensive. In Fresno there is a great Trail of Two Cities Marathon that takes you from Fresno to Clovis through Woodward Park and the Clovis Trail. here are some tips based on experience on how to excel on your Fresno marathon. Remember unlike other places Fresno is hot with minimal humidity so it is easier to get dehydrated here than some other places.
Step one is to talk with your physician to ensure you are healthy enough to run if there is any question whatsoever. It is possible he may say no or he may say yes but only in certain weather, aka cooler weather. If that is the case perhaps a different race length or race would be better for you. Next plan ahead. Start planning in January at least if you want to do this race. you may need to plan even earlier and start training even earlier if you are not already a bit of a runner. if this is your first run consider trying the Color or Autism 5K race in Fresno. These are only about 3 miles and a great way to get into the mind set of racing. If is not uncommon to do great in training but being new to races overexert yourself during the race and injure yourself.
Next build you mileage. Run three to five times a week gradually increasing total weekly distance. If possible consider doing one long run a week through Woodward Park or the Old Town trail to get accustomed to the trail. The Old Town Trail has several areas where the payment is a bit iffy so you may want to get accustomed to the trail to avoid being in a race day mindset and tripping. The running and avoiding of cracks should be second nature to you.
Also consider speed work. Again it is great to do this on the Old Town Trail. Along the trail every 1-2 miles there are parks, streets to cross, or benches so you can set goals to run quick from one of these obstacles to another then do a stop run between the next two and then a fast and so on. This is an easy way to mix up speeds and build you speed.
Last but not least make such to rest. A day or two of rest lets your mind and body recuperate and helps your muscles repair any tears and get stronger and stronger.