Everyone told me the hardest part of running a marathon would be the training. I would dread it. It would become something I "had" to do. I didn't want that.
So Skyler and I sat down to plan our marathon training summer. I wanted my long runs to be part of the experience, not just something I had to do.
What a journey it's been! I've done runs at Lake Mead, to the top of Mt. Baldy, on the Kalalau Trail in Kauai, the local Santa Ana mountains, and randomly in Virginia. And let's not forget the treadmill...it's become my best friend.
No matter what happens on Saturday, I have already succeeded. The hard part is over. Now all that is left is enjoying a marathon.