Back in January, I signed up for a marathon in January 2020. I was focused and ready. I knew this was going to be my best year yet, and I would finally finish a marathon. I was going strong for six months.

And then I broke my leg.


I was devastated at the time. I figured that was it, marathon chances out the door. Before I got the cast-off, I started thinking, maybe I could still do this. I was well trained before so I can recover quickly! Once the cast was off, my optimism began to wear off. It was a struggle even to walk. The doctor had me wait a few weeks to start running. I did and then started out really slow.

It felt like I was never going to get to two-mile runs, let alone 20. I gave up on the idea of a marathon. Again. September came, and I would have been starting a marathon plan. I was depressed a bit. I decided I would never run a marathon.

I spoke with my running coach and asked to get back on the schedule for October. She asked about the marathon, and I told her I wasn’t planning to do it. I didn’t want to defer to January 2021 or drop to the half marathon, so I was planning to do the 10K in January.


I got my October schedule and looked it over. I was a little surprised at the number of miles, including long runs. I asked her if she was still planning for me to run the marathon. She said no, but we ended up talking a bit about it, and I decided to give it a try.

I am running a goddamn marathon in January.

Depending what plan you look like I am either 4 weeks or 2 weeks behind or right on schedule. I am definitely not planning to push myself for my original time goal. My only goal for January is to finish twenty-six point fucking two. When I finish, I can always decide to go for a better time at another marathon. My first and only goal right now is to complete a marathon finally. I feel like I’ve been chasing this dream for several years. I need it to happen.

I want to try to document this journey better than I have been. I want to try to write a weekly post about training.

So here’s a little mini summary of marathon training, week 1:
3.25 miles
Glute-focus total body weight lifting
2.05 miles
Upper body focus total body weight lifting
4.05 miles
2.0 miles
Lower body focus total body weight lifting
Rest day (mental health break)
6.1 miles

Total miles run: 17.45
Mile goal for October: 90-ish miles

What’s one goal you’ve been chasing for a while and really want to accomplish?

As always, I post my daily workouts on Instagram and Twitter if you want to follow along!


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.