Sometime last year I lost all of my good senses and decided I was going to run a marathon. The decision was not exactly out of the blue. I had been running regularly for several years, and had completed two half marathons last year. Being that I am a fanboy of the state of Colorado it was only fitting that I choose the Colorado Marathon to give my virginity to. This marathon is known for its natural beauty and smallish field, not its fanfare and crowds. This race seamed right up my alley. The Colorado Marathon is a one way race which follows the Poudre river as it runs into the heart of Fort Collins. With the race date set, I made a training plan based off of one of Hal Higdon’s popular plans. Then I set out to convince some friends to run the race with me. I was only able to convince one other person (Melissa) to do the full marathon, but managed to talk a couple friends into running a half marathon.