I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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“Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.” 
– Henry David Thoreau
“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.” 
-Henry Ford

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away,

where the air was thick and the tacos freshly made,

lived a young girl who had a little dream…a dream to run in the warm desert breeze.

Day after day she put in the miles,

running and running, pretending to smile.

She worried and fretted that it may not come to pass,

That half way through the race she’d be flat on her @ss.

But thanks to her friends and family too,

she easily made it to mile 22.

With pain in her knees and hips and butt,

she stayed with the group that lifted her up.

Over the bridge and around the stadium,

she crossed that beautiful line in joyful delirium!

So that little girl from the land far, far away

learned a great lesson about life that day.

She learned the value of committing to gaols,

each step bringing her closer and freeing her soul.

She learned that the goal is worth every sacrifice,

every pain, every discomfort, every lack of what’s nice.

For in the struggle priceless lessons are learned

every step, every mile, every sore muscle earned.

And now she can say with confidence, true:

“I AM A MARATHONER!!  YOU CAN BE TOO!”

Crossing the finish line….ROCKY style!!

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” 
-John Bingham

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About virginmarathoner

I'm 32, about to be 33, and realizing that I only have one life to live. This gradual but recent epiphany has inspired me make choices to face the things that I thought I could never do, but secretly desired to accomplish. The first of these was to train for my first half marathon, terrified that I would never be able to run past 7 miles (my longest run prior to beginning training). The first day I ran 8 miles, I cried the entire last mile...with a smile on my face. I'm sure it was a curious sight for any one of the hundreds of soccer moms and little toddlers crowding and blocking my path that morning at the park. Each time I ran a new distance, I felt empowered and proud of my determination and dedication. The day of the half marathon I knew I was addicted. Running gave me clarity, discipline and a renewed passion for living. Now I am about to embark on a new adventure, running my first marathon, and hope that others will be able to relate to my adventures, struggles and mishaps along the way. Afterall, we've only got one life to live, so we better get on it.

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    • Thank you so much! I wrote it just to kill time while waiting for my flight home at the airport. It kept me happily entertained instead of annoyed and impatient with the flight delay. 😉 Good luck on your first marathon! That is so exciting! One of the people who inspired me to run it was my childhood friend who is a married mother of two little ones as well. She ran her first in October last year. All the time and sacrifice will be well worth it when you cross that finish line. It was so much fun! I recommend running with a pacing group if you can. It was the first time I tried that and I am SO GLAD I DID! They were fun, kind and helped to encourage each other the entire route, especially the last handful of miles when your body wants to quit. Good luck and I will be looking to your blog for updates!!! GO RUNNER GO!!!!!!!

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