I began this blog in early July of 2010, when I decided I wanted to declare a goal in writing and share it with friends, in order to make it more real, more attainable, more likely to happen.  As stated in my original post on 7/7/10, my primary goal is to undertake and finish a full 26.2-mile marathon.

Update: Goal completed, December 4, 2010, Memphis, TN. =)

I ran my first 5k just before Halloween of 2009, with no training, and soon after became hooked by the idea that if I did a little training, my next 5k could be better.  And the next could be even better! I downloaded the Couch to 5K app for my iPod touch and began it in November of 2009.  I ran till mid-December, when it got too cold for me…developed a disc bulge in January of 2010…and muddled about a bit in the spring before rededicating to Couch to 5K.  I never actually worked through the final three weeks of the program, but I managed to accomplish its goal anyway…I can now run a full 30 minutes, and I can run a full 5k, though I cannot yet combine the two and complete a 5K in 30 minutes.

On July 3rd, after running my third 5k and knocking over 4 minutes off my original time, my friend Abbey lent me a book entitled The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, and I was immediately hooked (much to my dismay…was I crazy?? I was considering running a marathon??).

The result, as stated in my July 15 post, is my decision to run the St. Jude Memphis Marathon in Memphis, Tennessee, on December 4, 2010.

Along the way, I’ll share my journey, my thoughts, my pitfalls (may they be few), and my accomplishments (may they be many).  In August, the focus will shift a bit as I blog a 3-week sojourn through Italy and Austria (where I will actually have to begin my training program), and then, upon my return to the States on August 23, return the focus to the training for my marathon.

In the end, I hope to have escaped from my heaviest weight (as of April 2010, BMI 27.3) and perhaps my unhealthiest state…and discover what is truly possible through the power of visualizing an image of a dream, not in progress, but rather already attained.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Christine M. Engelen


4 Responses to About

  1. Sylvia says:

    Beginnings.. the single step that signifies commitment to self.. goals.. a way of life.. you can do it . ..and will .. I’d be honored to walk a part of this with you . Hugs and namaste.. Syl

  2. Jim Wheeler says:

    I’m very proud of you! I had a feeling there was something in your psychi (sp?) that would pull you to accept the challenge of completing a marathon, even when you were saying you would NEVER run a marathon. It was like you had an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other….glad to see you kicked the devil off. Weeks ago when I crossed the finish line of the R&R Marathon, and felt total dissapointment at finishing seconds short of my goal time, I knew there was something wrong with my thinking……your words, enthusiasm and determination are inspiring.

  3. Fran Phoenix says:

    I will follow you, la, la, la…..! I am particularly interested in your August trip but will be interested in the marathon part too. Why anyone does that is beyond me. My son did the Marine Corps Marathon 2 years ago and a friend’s husband used to do a 100 miler somewhere in western Virginia, I think. Was Mrs. Carr at Graham Park when yo were? It was her husband…she used to meet him at certain points with new shoes!!

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