The Road to 26.2...

The road to 26.2 started the first time I laced up my sneakers and went for a run..

It started when I began signing up for and running races...

It started when I read all of your fabulous blogs that detailed training for and running a marathon....

It started when I read great running books and continued to be inspired...

It started when I began to think of eating as fuel and made conscious decisions on how I want to fuel my body to get the most out of it...

It started when I accomplished one dream (finishing a 1/2 marathon) and realized I could continue to reach for the stars...

I don't think I believed it then, but the road to 26.2 was being paved.

And I am here and I am ready.

26.2 on October 23, 2011.


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So tell me, have you ever run a marathon? Tell me about it? If not, would you?



  1. Congrats! Running 26.2 miles is truly life-changing. If it's something you really want to do, you should do it. You will not regret the decision. Training is hard and very time-consuming, but it is worth it! You will come out of the race stronger...and probably addicted to the marathon!

  2. That is awesome! Loved the post. I have it on my bucket list to do a 1/2 marathon this year & a full marathon before I'm 40. (Not too far away :))

    Good luck!

  3. I'm impressed with your marathon plans! I'm sticking with the half -- it's hard enough. Those long training runs don't sound that much fun to me. Hope you have a running buddy. Also, when I saw a marathon t-shirt that said "toe nails are for whimps" I decided not to try the full marathon. I'm a whimp, I like having all my toe nails. :)

  4. Good Luck with your training, and on race day! I'm sure there will be many more Good Lucks until then as well!

    I have not run a full, and I don't know that I want to. I have conflicting feelings. I sort of feel like i HAVE to. Like, I'm a runner, I've run 3 half marathons and I feel like people EXPECT that the next thing to do is run a full. But, I don't feel that way. 26.2 is a LONG WAY, I can't even wrap my head around that. I have more work to do in the half-marathon. I want to run a sub 1:50. Then maybe I can think about a marathon..maybe.

  5. Yay for new goals and race registrations!

    I've completed 1 marathon & it was seriously the hardest thing I've ever done - physically and mentally. I was definitely NOT in a good place with running at the time and basically did it because I thought I "should", not because I "wanted to". I ran with my husband for all of our training runs and on race day & sadly it was a really bad experience for us - my bad attitude about running made it torture for me, and for him! Race day was SO hard - it was super cold and I hated just about every step. BUT, I finished...it took over 6 hours but I did it. Am I proud of it? Not really. Do I want to another one? Yes. Someday. Am I in a better place with running now? YES! Do I still run with my husband? No - we learned our lesson!

    I definitely learned A LOT about myself during the process though, so even though I didn't have the greatest experience, it was definitely worth it!

    Can't wait to see how your training goes!

  6. congrats and good luck! i ran the toronto marathon last year and it was an amazing experience!

  7. How exciting!!!!

    I have no marathon plans for 2011 right now (even though a few fall ones have been tempting me!) but I ran my first marathon last October and it was an overall good experience. I enjoyed training and while the race didn't go as I had hoped or planned I'm glad I did it and I'm very proud of the accomplishment.

    Looking forward to following you through training!!

  8. Wooo!! I'm going to run my first marathon in October this year too. Have you started looking at training plans yet?

  9. Woo hoo!!! Yay!!! Congratulations! We are going to become marathoners in the same month! :)

  10. How exciting for you to have picked your marathon! I would like to do one...eventually. For now I am looking forward to my first 5k post baby. I'll work my way back to a half and then go from there. Can't wait to hear how you do. Happy running...

  11. I ran my first marathon last May and am just finishing up training for marathon #2! I have a love/hate relationship with marathon training but nothing motivates me to keep running like knowing I have 26 miles on race day.

    Looking forward to reading about your training!

  12. Haven't done a full yet mainly because I feel I should improve my half marathon time before going for the full. I want to run a full but I want to have a good time. Most people just want to run it and that's it, I want to run it and be proud of my time. Good luck with your training. I ran the Niagara Half last year, gorgeous course!

  13. Good luck to you on your full!! I feel the same way about prepping for a half. I have read Mile Markers and it motivated me to do something and of course all the blogs I have discovered is even more motivation and encouragement.
    I can't wait to follow along as you train and on race day!

  14. This is awesome! I can't wait to read more of your posts on marathon traiing!!

  15. Just came across your blog, congrats on deciding to run your first full! I'm training for my first marathon as well, it's just a week after yours