Running a marathon is one of the most amazing and impressive feats we as human can push ourselves to achieve. I don’t think I would ever have the mental, let alone physical ability to run for 4-5 hours straight. Just thinking about kinda blows my mind.
But she is doing it and I’m so proud of her and the training she’s already done to get to this point. Boomer and I are her official athletic supporters – which so far has consisted of trips to the running track as is gets dark, and dealing with bad puppy moments, I mean, puppy bonding time! – I decided to make her a little present as a surprise to show our support.
So in case you hadn’t guessed I made her a large marathon training chart that details the number of miles she has to run each day/each week etc. I hung it in our kitchen and from a distance it looks just like a running slogan on a red and white background but up closer you can see all the details.
Look at the pictures below for more instructions but basically to make it, I cut up red and white cardstock and glued it to a large sheet of poster paper that was on sale in the wonderland that is Michaels! Then I printed out the slogan from powerpoint , cut out the letters and glued them on. I stencilled the week numbers and days of the week with black felt tip pen and added the training schedule to each day with gold pen.
Details: I used a poster board that was 20x28 inches and calculated that the best way to fit 18 weeks onto the chart was to make small rectangles of card measuring 1.5x1 inches, which gave me enough of a border on the edges to add additional details later. I lay out all of the pieces to ensure correct placement and then went to town with the modge podge. I ended up being exactly 14 pieces short of the red and white card so I painted some card pink and used that to mark week 9 and week 18
Details: I made the lettering in powerpoint, printed it and cut around the letters. Be sure to use a large thick font to make cutting easier – I ended up changing the font for REPEAT for that very reason. Then I glued down the letters.
I used a stencil to mark out the days of the week and weeks 1-18.
The most important day of the chart needed to stand out a bit and I struggled for a while with what to do – a star seemed too obvious, a rectangle or square to similar…..I ended up going to circle, or 2 circles to be exact, one painted gold with a second circle bearing the number 26.2 attached to it. Then I used a gold pen to fill in the miles on the training plan
My favourite part of this is using a white board marker you can fill in the times for each run on the surface of the poster – and then if you ever feel like running another marathon (wow!) you can use it again!
Be sure to check out best friends progress as she trains for her marathon – as you see from the chart she’s already done 59 miles in just over 10 hours! So impressive and this is only week 4!
I also want to say thank you so much for the lovely comment on yesterdays post - each one meant so much to me and I know in the future I'll treasure that post, your comments and the wonderful happiness I feel right now - so thank you!