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Thursday, April 9, 2015

**Tap tap tap...is this thing on**

How does one even get started with blogging?  I've tried (and failed) more times than I can count, but I'm going to give it one more dedicated attempt! You're welcome.
I mainly just need a place to vent and get all my running excitement out, because I think my fiance, mother and my poor friends have suffered far too long.  When I tell my fiance (we'll call him T from here on out) that I ran just  x amount of miles a week or x amount of miles a month, he just says, " wow that's crazy, but it doesn't really surprise me anymore by how much/how far you run."  It's true.  But I know all of you get it.  Why I HAVE to be in bed by 9pm pretty much every night (or at 8pm Friday night), why I analyze every ingredient (there's too much fiber, I CAN NOT have that), why I chose not to drink during marathon training, why I'll subject myself to waking up at 4am every morning for 3+ months and run in -1 degree temps and a snow storm.  I love to run.  I love to compete.  I love to challenge myself.  Too see how far I've come in a week, a month, a year.  It amazes me at first, and then I'm on to the next challenge.  Running feeds my soul.  My love and passion for running goes deeper than my bones, surges through every muscle fiber and creates a hunger for more and more and more.   I ran my first marathon last fall.

When I crossed the finish line I was proud.  I felt strong! I felt good! Yes, tired and sore, but I felt waaaay better than I expected to feel!  But honestly, minutes after finishing, I was thinking about how I was only 10 minutes from a BQ.  Should I have trained better?  Should I have found a faster pace group?  Should I not have stopped to use the bathroom?  I love the adrenaline of competition.  I'll never be an elite runner, but I know I my running has progressed and I know I'm pretty decent at it.  I'm not very fast, but I'm gaining more confidence and in turn, my running is progressing too.  I'm running the NJ Marathon in 17 days and I am excite and nervous.  My A goal is too BQ.  I'm worked hard during my training and I know I can.  It will be things out of my control if that doesn't happen.  Weather, wind, stomach issues( I seriously have the worst stomach, it seems everything I feed it, it hates)...things of that nature.  My B goal will be to finish in 3:40:00.  To PR really.  My C goal is to finish, because honestly that is a HUGE accomplishment in and of itself.  I'll be proud no matter the outcome because of all the hard-work I've put in, but I really want that BQ and would be lying if I said I wouldn't be a little crushed if that doesn't happen.  

  I'm not sure I'll be a blogger who posts every day or as often as I'd like.  I have a full time job, I'm training for a marathon, T owns 2 businesses, and we're getting married in 2 months out of state.  It's a lot.  It's stressful.  But more exciting than stressful, so I've been handling it pretty well I think.  My mom, MOL to be and bridesmaids have been AMAZING and I can't wait to see the hard work they've put into planning my shower this weekend.  

I have no idea how to set up this blog.  So this is going to be it for now, and I'll work on the layout more tonight/this weekend/ when I find any free time, but one of my goals last month was to finally start a blog and it has been bugging me that I didn't do it! I hope you enjoy following my running/races/workouts/wedding planning and life!  More to come soon! Maybe even tomorrow!  

Thanks for stopping by! 

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