No Easy Way Out

“Some things are worth fighting for, some feelings never die.”-Survivor

10648187_10153303951605299_7824608398142205317_oWell hello there! A year ago, after running a PR at the Philly half, I told you all that I not only wanted to run my first marathon, but I wanted to run my first marathon and have it qualify me for Boston (find proof of that statement here). Maybe it was the runner’s high from such a great race, or maybe it was my annoying need to set the bar just a little higher than the normal person, but a year later and I still can’t kick that feeling. SO…I’m officially announcing that I’m giving up my love for half-marathons (probably only temporarily) to dedicate the next year of my life to training for my first full, Boston qualifying marathon. After talking with a million and one running gurus, and picking out the race that will turn my goal into a reality, I couldn’t be more excited to take this next step in my relationship with running. From now until October 11, 2015, Boston will be my boyfriend. You already know that I’m an all or nothing kinda girl, and this is one thing I’m pumped about giving my all towards. And I can’t wait to take you all on this journey with me 🙂

1932604_10153306084305299_7593608610298140688_oThis weekend filled my heart with lots of running love. On Saturday, my mama and I bundled up and headed to the Philadelphia Art Museum for the first annual Rocky Balboa Run. Over 7,000 people braved the frigid temperatures to run like the Italian Stallion. If there is one thing this city loves more than its sports and cheese steaks, it’s Rocky. Between the costumes and the soundtrack playing, I may or may not have a tear rolling down my cheek as I lined up at the starting line. I opted to run the 10k and finished in 54 minutes, which after last weekend’s run, is a much better sense of where my training has brought me. After the run, my dad and I headed up to UPenn for College Game Day. Even though we couldn’t come home with a win, it was well worth the shivers.

This week is going to be super busy, between work and gearing up for my last race of the fall season. I just hope that it goes fast because I’m way too excited for Thanksgiving to be here. Anyone else with me on that one?

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