In less than five months, I will be running across the glorious Golden Gate Bridge not once, but twice – with thousands of my closest friends. Even though I’ve already booked my hotel room, made a list of San Francisco must-see’s and have connected online with fellow ambassadors, it still feels like a dream. Perhaps it has something to do with the allure of the fog, or the fact that it will be my lucky 7(th) marathon, but as I laid awake recently, the crazy idea popped into my mind: on June 16, 2013, I will be making my third official attempt at Boston-qualifying time.

Yes, I know this sounds crazy. Yes, I have read countless race reports about the killer hills – I mean, it was even ranked 15th in the Weather Channel’s 15 Toughest Marathons in the World! Yet still, the course beckons me to run – and run fast!

My current marathon PR was obtained at the Baltimore Marathon – another hilly course. This is not to say that I think hills are easy (they’re not) or that Baltimore is like San Francisco in anyway (other than they’re playing each other in the Super Bowl – coincidence? Haha!) but I think it does signify this: I love a challenge.

That said, on Monday, February 25th, I will be embarking upon the training cycle to rival all (of my previous) training cycles – more endurance, more speedwork and of course, hills than I’ve ever incorporated! I will train strong and I will train smart – and most of all, I will train with heart – all the way to San Francisco!

I am so excited to post all of my training updates via my blog and twitter, so please follow along on the journey. Will you be joining me there? Why don’t you sign up today!? :)