I started training for the marathon in the beginning of February. I am doing the Calgary Marathon on May 31st. I found this training plan http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/walk.htm and I adapted it from 12 to 16 weeks by doubling the first and last two weeks. I really liked this plan because I do better with a set time because I found the idea of doing 2 miles a night very daunting but doing 40 minutes is easy, even though it is the same.
I convinced my sister and friend to join me because I love company especially on the long walks. I also set up weekly treats to motivate myself to keep going and complete a week. I registered for the marathon after 4 weeks. I waited to make sure I was really going to do it and I had heard after a month you start to crave exercise and have a new habit.
After completing 7 weeks, I am proud to say I have only missed 3 days of training! That is a huge accomplisment. I have never been motivated enough to exercise 5 days a week. Now I don’t crave the exercise but I do look forward to it.