I have been running off and on since college. I have run three half marathons and dozens of shorter distances over the last few years. I have dreamed about doing a marathon but have never signed up for one… until now.

My first PF Chang's half marathon. Now I will conquer their marathon!

My first PF Chang’s half marathon. Now I will conquer their marathon!

To celebrate turning 35 in 2015, I signed up for a marathon in January 2016. Yes, I am running 26.2 for the first time at 35. I don’t know why but this seems significant to me. I want to prove to myself that I can do this.

Last week I received an email from PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Arizona with the lowest price for next years event. The marathon was $80. I debated and doubted myself all week. Can I do it? What if I fail? Am I able to run more than 13.1 miles?

I posted a few thoughts on Facebook and two people from my running group said they were thinking about doing the marathon as well. They gave me the push I needed to sign up; that was the encouragement I needed. I did it. I signed up for a marathon. I know with the support of my running group I will be able to get through the training and conquer 26.2 miles. They helped me break 2:30 in the half and set a new PR 9 minutes faster than my previous PR. They are amazing, supportive people.

I figured since I was starting the blog back up for my possible celiac diagnosis that I will also start writing about running and my attempts to complete 26.2. The celiac disease and training will go hand in hand; if I have celiac disease I will need to relearn how to eat to run. It is going to be hard and will require complete dedication. It will also be an emotional undertaking as well and I know crossing that finish line will be the greatest feeling in the world.

What is one thing that scared you but became your greatest accomplishment?


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

1 Comment

golddh · January 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

Awesome and best of luck!

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