I have been having second and third and fourth thoughts about my decision to do a marathon. It is a topic I have gone back and forth on for quite some time and I thought I was ready for it. But after committing, I am second guessing myself.

What if I don’t have the commitment to train for 26.2 miles? I struggled with my half training. I started off great, had some problems but finished strong. I didn’t meet my time goal but was quite close. I always think, “If my training had gone better I could have made my goal”.

What if I am not fast enough? I am trying to increase my speed but what if I don’t make the 5 hour course limit? I want to finish. I don’t want to be the last person across the line. I don’t want the trailer vehicle to pick me up because I am too slow.

And about a million other what ifs are constantly running through my head. I need to keep talking about it, writing about it and banishing the negative thoughts. I don’t want to run from the things that scare me (no pun intended).

I would say my biggest concern is being too slow. I am going to focus on increasing my speed. I am working on a sub-30 5k program right now and keep skipping workouts. I can’t do that any more. I am committing myself to completing this program and then my next program and so forth.

I am planning three half marathons to do this fall/winter/spring to keep me going and I hope to achieve sub-2:30 in each of them. There will be a few shorter distances as well. Mostly because I have done these races the last couple of years.

 What do you do to motivate yourself to achieve a goal? What rewards, if any, do you give yourself for meeting your goal? How do you overcome your fears to complete a goal?


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.