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I can only speak for myself….

z217 This thought may be true for all personality types…I don’t know.
I can only speak for myself.
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I told you that you were gonna get whooped.

Just in case you missed it…my brain and I had a discussion the other night before a tough race, you can read more about it here.  Sometimes you just have to let it know who’s boss.

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The Peavine Falls 2013 run is now history…and I WON!  Not the whole race…but I beat myself, and isn’t that our largest obstacle most days?

BRAIN vs. Julia

It’s going to rain.  Yes it did!…and it was lovely to run in the rain!  It wasn’t just the run and sweat burning out my frustrations…but it was as if the rain washed them all away as well.

You don’t like the rain or getting messy.  You’re right.  Typically that would be me.  But I DID IT ANYWAY!  Loved it! 

You were in better shape last year.  AND your point is? 

Bet that speed walker man is going to beat you again.  I think I saw him once.  He was running this year.  I applaud his efforts, and I have no idea if he beat me this year. 

3.2 miles UP HILL?  ARE YOU CRAZY?  Yes, I do believe so.  Maybe just a little bit….and next year I will run all the way up!  Just watch me.

You’re just not good enough.  Not only did I finish, but I beat last years time by 1 minute and 26 seconds!  You’re WRONG AGAIN!

Like I said Wednesday night….WHOOPED!

Brain = 0 / Julia = winner!

Winner winner chicken dinner (whatever that means)….that’s me!

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I’ll write a race recap later.


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I’m not really a dead armadillo…I just look like one…

will. can. DID!

I wrote CAN on my hand to look at as inspiration during the marathon. Upon completion, it was a good feeling to mark that out and write “did.”

 

On Saturday’s (beautiful & PERFECT) spring run, 7.5 miles, I found myself thinking…”Yay!  I don’t have to run 20 miles today!”

This winter during marathon training, when the schedule called for a 17+ mile run…I always wished I had a sign hovering over my head.  It would read something like this…”She really can run faster than this!  She’s already ran 17 miles this morning!”  My daughters would come home from school the following week and say, “My friends said they saw you running Saturday…they said you looked like you were in a lot of pain!”  It was slightly embarrassing…but in reality…nobody. really. cared. 🙂

I also remember when I actually ran 20 miles.  The longest distance that our training plan called for!

That # really played with my mind!

20 miles! What an accomplishment!

TWENTY MILES?!?  On race day, I will still have 6.2 MORE miles to run?  Is that even possible!?!  I barely even made it home without falling on the ground like a dead armadillo on the side of the road! (I was going to insert a picture right here…but they were all too morbid…you can just google them if you’d like 🙂 )

I’m here to say…YES!  It IS POSSIBLE!

“Your legs are not giving out.  Your head is giving up.  Keep going.” 

I just love that quote!

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In the Beginning….my journey from Couch to 10k

In the beginning…

I didn’t even WANT to run a marathon.  I just wanted to run a 10k…finish what I started…DO what I said I was going to do. 

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About to run my first 10k! Vulcan Run 2010

Running has changed my life…I like to call it “free therapy” 🙂

I shared my “journey” from couch to 10k with my Facebook friends & I wanted to share it with you too!  They have been with me from the first grumpy step, all the way to the marathon finish line.

If you are just getting started running, I believe that you will relate to my journey.

Here is a link to my FB journal: IN THE BEGINNING…my journey from couch to 10k

We all started somewhere!  You won the day you decided to try!

Don’t quit!  You’re worth it!