I started a 20 week training plan towards the end of July and so far so good! My most recent long run was 13 miles and I ran it without any aches or pains. :) As of Monday 8/25, I officially registered for my first marathon and booked my hotel!!! I also registered for the refund fee just in case something happens (fingers x'd, knock on wood).
I'm actually really excited about this marathon and training. My desire and motivation to run this race has really surprised me. I AM COMMITTED!
The race is in Dec so I'm hoping it will be much cooler, you just never know what the weather will be like in Texas. I've been getting up at 5am to run just to beat the heat, TX summers are brutal! I also purchased myself a Nathan hydration pack (HPL #020) for my long runs and a new Garmin Forerunner 310XT (20 hrs of battery life!). My trusty 305 has severely reduced battery life and only lasts about an hour instead of the advertised 10hrs (which is not conducive for marathon training), RIP Garmin 305, you will be missed.