Thanks for your kind words of encouragement pnkrckpixikat
For me, I don't want to suck the fun out of the challenge so I'll need to find the right balance between doing mileage activities/exercise that I love and raising the bar for myself. In the past I've gotten so caught up in the goal that I forgot all about the fun which robs me of some of the experience.
I really appreciate LovelyLeah for creating this challenge and everyone here who is working so consistently on getting in their miles. Folks seem to be having a great time with it. It never occurred to me to think about all the miles I walk, run, etc in terms of a marathon. And quite honestly, this may be the only marathon I ever participate in.