Welcome to Forty Two Point Two!
My name is Justina and I am a 25-year-old writer, photographer, and blogger living in Calgary, Alberta who has (for some reason) decided to run a marathon this year.
If you are here because you are interested in running, or even just because you get a good laugh out of other people’s pain caused by running, then this blog is for you. So read on, comment and enjoy!
Why am I running a marathon?
Simply put, I was asked to.
In December 2014, I met the coordinators of the University of Calgary Marathon Training program while on a freelance assignment. Apparently I let it slip that running a marathon was on my bucket list, because three months later they approached me asking if I would join the program and blog about my experience as a first time marathoner. As someone who will try anything once and knows that joining a team is likely the only way I could ever get myself to run 42.2 km, I suppose the challenge was an easy sell.
For most of my life I have been a fairly active person. Growing up I was a competitive swimmer who spent more time on the pool deck than at home and in college I tried my best to take advantage of the free school facilities. However, over the last five years the office has replaced the gym and when starting this program, I was beginning at square one.
Over the next eight months I will be sharing my training experiences, gear reviews and personal anecdotes based on my experience. I also hope to profile a few of my fellow team members in the UofC Marathon Training Program. My goal is to give the most honest and open view of what it’s like to train for and run a marathon as I can, so I won’t be holding anything back. I hope to entertain, inform and give you a little insight into what it’s like to take this journey.