Almost exactly seven months ago I set out to cross an item off my bucket list. I decided that I was going to attempt to run a marathon. At the time that goal seemed so far away, in more ways than one. It not only seemed like an almost impossible task given that I could hardly run for 30 minutes, but “eight months from now” just seemed like so many days, weeks and months away.

I began with very lofty goals for both my training and for this blog.

Originally I planned to blog twice a week, then it became once a week… then every two weeks. Eventually I was posting whenever I got something written. Oops.

The thing is, when it came down it and I had to choose between getting my run in or writing or between getting that extra hour of sleep or editing photos, I always chose the run and I always chose the sleep. I made home cooked meals, I did extra core and strength training when needed and I followed the UofC Marathon Training program as closely as I could. I was left with a lot of half finished blogs but the training has paid off huge and I don’t regret any of it.

What I learned is that when committing yourself fully to something in your life then other things might have to give. I learned how serious of a commitment training for a marathon really is, which is something I didn’t really underestimated before. As a first time blogger I learned what kind of time commitment is required for blogging, which I REALLY DID underestimate before.

This journey has been a wild ride and no matter what happens in the end I know the last seven months will continue to pay off for me for a long, long time.

However, with 30 days left until my goal race I can’t help but feel like I have so much more to share. And so, I am taking on one last crazy challenge before my race. Over the next month I am going to be posting daily, keeping you up to date on my progress, catching you up on posts I missed along the way and hopefully even introducing you to some of the other first time marathoners on the team.

I will be living and breathing marathon preparation and I can’t wait!

30 days, 30 blogs, 42.2km, here we go.