Friday, May 18, 2007


My time has come. Sunday is the day of my first marathon (no, I'm not running to Yellowstone). Have you ever wondered what it takes to prepare for a marathon? Probably not. I’m going to share with you what training for this marathon has cost me. I officially started training on January 1, 2007…so 139 days later I’m now going for it! Since I’m like many other running nerds out there, I logged everything I did during this time.

My marathon training cost me:

1 – lost toenail

1 – bad blister

2 – pairs of running shoes

9 – gallons of sweat (gross I know, but it’s true! There are sweat calculators out there. I’m sure this is a modest guess since I’m a sweat-making machine)

48- 20 oz bottles of Gatorade

83 hours of actual running time

$90 entry fee

602 total training miles

I was curious just how far 602 miles is. From Denver, the closest I could get to something notable was Yellowstone Nat'l Park. It is 586 miles from Denver. Don't worry, I don't plan on making that trek anytime soon. Maybe I would if I could accrue 139 days of vacation from work!

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