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Training for My First Marathon

We are proud to introduce our new guest blogger, Scott Cook. Scott will be blogging about training for his very first marathon including everything going through his head before he crosses the starting line of the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon. In this post, Scott introduces himself and shares why he wants to run a marathon.

And so it begins…

T minus two days until I begin training for my first marathon. Then, it'll be a short 114 days until I'm at the starting line of the P.F. Chang's Rock n Roll Arizona Marathon. YIKES!


Many of us may have a bucket list of to-dos we'd like to accomplish. Some may be formal lists and others may just be ideas held close to the heart. One of my goals has always been to run a full marathon.

That said, I wanted my running a marathon to be greater than me; I believe this is why I have not run one up until this point. I have loved ones who have been battling cancer for many years now and, on August 24th, another friend was also diagnosed.

After seeing the daily struggle those with cancer must endure, any fear I may have about running 26.2 miles quickly dissipates.

So, while I will be accomplishing one of my lifetime goals, the marathon I will be running in a few short months will be for all those with cancer and the family and friends that support them.


I started researching charities that also did marathon training and this led me to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. I liked their mission statement and I also had colleagues and friends who had completed their program and spoke very highly of Team In Training (TNT). To date, TNT has raised over $1.2 billion to fund lifesaving research!
In addition to the coaching I'll receive from TNT, I will be including the WalkJogRun “Beginner Run Marathon Training” app and I look forward to sharing my trials, joys and everything in between with you.


I am 41 and co-own architecture 8, a real estate brokerage in Southern California. I am currently pursuing a Master of Interior Architecture at UCLA and I received my Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Advertising/Public Relations from Pensacola Christian College.
I'm an active supporter and member of a number of local, civic and industry organizations, and am happy to now include Team In Training to this list. You can feel free to follow my fundraising progress.

I can't help but think of the many cancer patients out there who only wish they could run a race; it is for this reason I will push myself and step out of my comfort zone. I also encourage each and every one of you to do the same. Even if you aren't able to donate, I ask that you do something in your life that helps someone else: mow a neighbor's lawn, bake a meal for a friend just because, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or lend a hand to the elderly lady at the super market.

Just remember “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  C.S. Lewis

Stay tuned as next week we will share another post from Scott as he shares how his first runs have been going. Introduce yourself to Scott and wish him luck on his marathon journey in the comments below!