And so it begins…

Marathon training officially started today! Three miles down. About a million to go. I am ready and excited for the journey.

I am following a pretty conservative training plan – with the sole goal of getting to the starting line and crossing the finish line on November 20th in Philly. It’s a simple goal. I will try to stick to it and not get overly ambitious. My highest mileage weeks only get up to about 40 miles. But I know this plan will prepare me to meet my goal. I’m going to do everything that I can to listen to my body and take care of myself so I can get through the next 18 weeks healthy and ready to race!

I am definitely hoping for a break in the heat and humidity, but other than that, I feel good running right now and happy about the adventure ahead.

And to follow up on my last post – I am feeling much better. A lot has happened in the last week! I have a tenant lined up for my condo (lease is in the works) and this weekend, Tim and I found a great house in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore to rent. The process was a little stressful, but now that we have these things in place, I’m just so excited to get up there! Thanks to everyone for your support!

Miles run since last post: 12; total miles for the year: 340.4.



  1. Debbie
    July 20, 2011 / 8:33 am

    Oh Janice…….soooooooo happy that everything is falling into place for you! You so deserve it. Let the marathon training begin…….and let the unending happiness for the rest of your life begin too. Love to you and Tim and all the exciting things ahead. OMG……wish I could hug you right now! Feel the cyber hug I am sending 🙂

    <3, Debbie

    • Tim
      July 21, 2011 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Debbie and Denise and Grandmom! It is all very exciting, can’t wait! Thanks for all your support and best wishes!


  2. Denise Pitchford
    July 20, 2011 / 10:41 am

    Oh, honey, you are starting another chapter in your journey with the training for the marathon, your new home with Tim and the true joy of feeling your body in sync with it all! You know that I’m pulling for you with every step you take! You brought back a good memory for me with the quote about the “journey of a thousand miles.” That’s how Uncle Chuck’s began his toast to Dad and me at our wedding in 1977!

  3. July 20, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    Janice, hopefully I will be there to see you run the marathon and cheer for you when you cross the finish line. As for finding your new place in Baltimore, you already know how thrilled I am. I wish both you and Tim all the happiness both of you deserve. I am so excited all is going so great. Love, hugs and kisses to both of you.

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