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Back in 2009 I ran the Salt Lake City Half Marathon. I had been wanting a big goal for myself to help me get back into shape and be healthier. I had never thought I would ever run any type of marathon because lets face it... they seem totally crazy, right?!

I have always been extremely active, and played sports year round growing up, but I never considered myself a "runner." I liked to play sports where you were focused on something else besides the fact that you were running. Truth is, I absolutely hate running... but I LOVE the way you feel after you have ran. Nothing really beats it. So because of this, and along with the fact that I like to be healthy, I run.

I remember the first thing that came to my mind after I finished the half marathon was... "I will never do a full marathon!" haha Yet, I couldn't shake how amazing finishing that half marathon felt. To do something you didn't think you could actually do, or pull off... is one of THE best feelings in the world. I remember how proud of myself I was, how in awe I was of the capabilities of our bodies. I loved setting a goal for myself, and completing it.

So I knew... I just knew deep down, that someday I had to try and do a full marathon. At least one. Just to say I had done it, and because I knew if the half felt that great, I could only imagine how amazing finishing a full could be. Especially because I am petrified I will fail. Fear can drive the best out of us, and I have learned that I love making goals I am afraid of, because completing those goals tend to have the most rewarding outcome.

So with that said, me and some members of my family have signed up and were accepted into the St. George Marathon this year! Let the training, complaining, crying, "why did I want to do this again?" all start! Ready or not, here I come. One more life goal will be marked off my list come October 2012! :)


"She turned her cant's into cans, and her dreams into plans."


58 comments

  1. Good Luck Girl! I am training for my first marathon right now and I'd have to say, that for me, the distances (in training) aren't that hard it's just the sheer amount of time it takes. The long runs are LONG! You can do it!

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  2. Holy moly, you are crazy! You can do it, though, and I'm sure you will be so glad that you did!!!

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  3. You got this giiiirl!
    I mean look at those awesome running shoes...you could run any marathon in those ;)

    LOVE that last quote!

    xo

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  4. gooooood luck! I've decided I'm going to run a marathon, too :) I've started training but I'm doing it step by step - my first 10k is in June and then I'm doing a half marathon in October, and (hopefully) a marathon spring/summer 2013! Yay running!

    <3 Daryl
    Roots, Wings, and Other Things.

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  5. How amazing! Good for you! I am sure you will rock it. I keep saying I need to do a full as well.

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  6. That is really exciting! It will be so fulfilling for you to accomplish this goal! I wish I could tackle one like that! :)

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  7. YOWZA!

    Kudos to you for making this decision, and for putting in the hard yards ahead of the October marathon.

    My most heartfelt and best wishes!

    I've toyed with the idea of running a marathon (like you, I'm not a runner but have always been athletic and into sports since childhood) but fear I'd collapse into a hyperventilat-y heap and curl up like a pretzel on the bitumen. EEEEK!

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  8. That's so awesome! You can definitely do it :) My dad is/was a marathon runner. He's run so many I lost count a long time ago. I love getting to watch him at the finish line because no matter what he always smiles! I wish I had more will power to make myself run like that!

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  9. Good luck with your marathon! I'm jealous! I honestly don't think my body could carry me that far! Haha.

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  10. good for you!! I have always (way deep down) wanted to do a marathon. I have done three halfs and loved them. You will do great!

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  11. That is soooooooooooo exciting!!! I ran a marathon back in 2006 (Chicago) and boy was that an experience. It was cold, windy and rainy... Just miserable! I think I'm still recovering and that was 6 years ago! As long as you do the training I'm sure you will do great! It's an awesome accomplishment! For now, I stick with the half marathons and less! Can't wait to hear your updates on training!!! xoxo A-

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  12. That's amazing. I used to be a runner, until I ripped my IT band in my left hip and my running career was over. I wish I could run a marathon, it's always been a dream of mine.

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  13. I'm excited for all of you and excited that Justin made it in as well. I will be there cheering for you all :)

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  14. Good luck!! That is a HUGE goal to accomplish! I can't get myself to run at all, I hate it so much, but I have wanted to at least try and do a half marathon. Maybe someday!! But kudos to you for going for it full swing!

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  15. i'd bet the beginning and end would be the best parts. make sure you eat icecream (sparingly of course) to get through the middle!

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  16. You are not running a whole marathon! Girl, you are my inspiration. I just made it through a 5k {pathetic, I know}, but I'm excited to hear about your progress!

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  17. I know EXACTLY what you mean. I have done several half marathons and said I would NEVER to do a full marathon. Now here I am running the full Ogden marathon in 4 days... AHHH. The training hasn't been so bad (check out Hal Higdon's website for some great training schedules) Also, I run the Salt Lake 1/2 marathon every year, love it! Good luck at the St. George marathon.

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  18. i'm starting small this summer and running my first ever 5k. i NEVER liked running, but in the past month or so, i've started to be such a fan. so hoepfully i can make this work and really get into it.

    good luck training for yours! i know you can do it :)

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  19. First, I LOVE your new running shoes!! So bright and fun.

    Second, I recently started training for my first 5K and am DYING. I'm so impressed that you'll be training for a marathon! But if you've run a half you can definitely do a whole :) Good luck training!!

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  20. Best of fortune to you!

    I've never done a marathon....a part of me has always wanted to, but I wouldn't want to run it alone & most of the people I know are anti running anything except to the couch. Sad right?

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  21. Wow, you go girl!!! That is so awesome. I've definitely said the same things to myself...even about a 5k. Who would want to do that? haha But I have one 5k behind me and wouldn't mind doing another! Maybe one of these days I'll actually run the whole thing...ha.
    Good luck!!! You can do it, we believe in you! :)

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  22. Good luck girl! That is awesome! I should really get my bottom motivated to run a race soon!

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  23. Go you!!! That is EXACTLY. EXACTLY. how I feel about running. I do it because of how amazing I feel after having worked up a sweat & raised my heart rate, and because it's easy & measurable - but while I'm doing it I want to kill it!

    I mean, if running was a physical thing I would punch it in its face.

    Still, marathons are impressive as hell, I'd love to say I'd done one one day. :)

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  24. GOOD FOR YOU!!! i have always wanted to run a half... and maybe even a full someday! good for you for doing it. i love your running shoes btw!!

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  25. good luck! my husband ran a 1/2 last fall and I think that in the back of his mind running a full will always be a goal!

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  26. this is amazing, good for you!! it's funny, i was just saying to a friend last night that we should do a half marathon in the fall. i really hate running but i've always wanted to see if i could actually do it....
    xox

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  27. Good for you, girl! So excited for you :)

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  28. Good for you girl!! My friend just completed to Ironman Triathlon in St. George and it's insane!! I have so much respect for anyone who can puch their bodies and minds to that extreme. Good luck to you.

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  29. go girl! you can do it. i'm training for a half! good luck! :)
    xo,
    great little day

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  30. Way to go!! I'm excited for you! You've inspired me to set some lofty goals for myself now :) Thanks!

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  31. i know exactly what you mean. i hate running, and love how i feel after. it's all a matter of getting there that is the hard part for me!

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  32. That's awesome! My friend got into that marathon as well and he's so excited! Good luck with all you're training!

    allie

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  33. So cool! You'll totally do it! I hope I'm in st George still when October rolls around. :D

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  34. I never knew i would like running either is something i really dreaded in HIgh school gym class....but now I been running every morning for almost 1 week with my kiddies and even have sign them up for their first marathon!!!!!

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  35. You can do it!! :) I did it last year, I had never even ran a half. haha. I LOVED it. Best thing I have ever done in my life. If you ever need any training tips, let me know!

    Bridgette
    bridgettenicole.blogspot.com

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  36. Good Luck! My Aunt will be running in the St George Marathon this year as well - maybe I'll see you there. Oh and if you don't already know, watch your toes on this one. Most of it is downhill :)

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  37. Im dying to run another too! So rewarding when you put in the hard work and accomplish it. I think I may need those fun neon sneaks too!

    ~Heather

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  38. I am so excited for you!! And you are such a good example because marathons terrify me! I'll stick to 5K's until I really get brave :)

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  39. How inspiring! I'm considering entering the exciting and intimidating world of running -- but I don't even know where to start!

    Good luck with your marathon training. :)

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  40. I'm so excited for you! Doing a marathon (someday) is on my to do list.

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  41. that is so exciting! i ran the chicago marathon and while i was training said it was a one time thing and i'd never do it again. the second I crossed the finish line I knew I had to do it again! I did in the year later, and said the same thing! I'm hoping to do it again sometime in the future - races are definitely addicting and worth all the hard training! good luck!!

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  42. I hate running too but I have also made it one of my goals to run in a marathon... we'll see if that ever happens, you're definitely a lot closer than I am. Good Luck!

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  43. cute shoes, good luck!


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  44. AMAZING.
    I am so excited for you; I just ran a 10K Saturday and felt so rewarded and hyped up because of it. My next is in 3 weeks and I keep piling them on. I have the goal to run a marathon by December!

    It's definitely those "hard" goals that give us the vibe of so much more accomplishment!

    Keep up with your goal-- you'll do great!

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  45. Good for you! :) Much braver than I am!

    Just found your blog. You're cute as pie :)


    Eat Cake

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  46. I have faith in you!! I have gone through periods where I have enjoyed running, but it's been quite some time!

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  47. i really wanna do a half, but i don't have anyone to do it with. however, i don't think ill ever do a marathon. my mom's done the St. George i think 15 times so you will like it. just be careful because if you do it multiple times it will do more harm than good to your body.

    k

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  48. Running does leave you with the best feeling after you're done! Love it. Good luck with your training!

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  49. Good Luck with the marathon! If I were faster I'd consider it, but right now I'm happy with running halfs. A marathon is just too long for me!

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  50. YAYYYYY!

    I just ran my first marathon in November 2011, quickly became addicted and just ran a 3:26 on May 5th!!! This is a warning that it's addictive ;)

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  51. Sounds exciting!!! Good Luck

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  52. yes its a great feeling. I have starting 5k walk and runs. Baby steps..lol.. My son is a year old and I also got my gallbladder taken out. I have to watch what I eat... But my why of life is very different. i realize you need to stay fit and take care of yourself.You will feel much better. But signing up for 5k every couple of months gets me on track ..love it

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  53. Hi, just came over from Aunie Sauce...looking forward to reading your blog daily! :)

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  54. best of luck! I feel the same way about running, and I'll be running the Marine Corps Marathon for the 2nd time this October too! :) We'll be training together.

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  55. I am training for a marathon too! I've done 2 half marathons and now my husband and I are running a full in September 2012 at Sunriver, Oregon! Training is so hard! How is your training going?

    Bethany

    http://thesmallwall.blogspot.com/

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