Dare To Believe

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Happy Marathon Monday!

If you are a runner, today is like Christmas. Everything is buzzing with excitement for the Boston Marathon. THE marathon of all marathons.

Over the weekend, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were flooded with images and stories of runners of all calibers coming to celebrate this very special race. The running community is united, stronger than ever.

I’m a sap for a good running story. It doesn’t take much for me to get teary eyed, inspired and itching to put on my running shoes. It’s the stories of real people, with real lives and real everyday responsibilities who put their heart and soul into first off, qualifying for this race and then actually training and running it.

Like so many other runners, it’s no secret that one day I hope to get my own BQ. While out on a run with friends yesterday (which was unbelievably marvelous, btw), we chatted about the race and what it would take to get there. We’ve got BQ fever!

Running Buddies | HappyFitMama.com12 miles and full of smiles!

Maybe it’s not this year. Or next. Or the year after that. But it will happen. I believe I can get there.

When I first started running seriously in 2010, I began to learn more about the running community. I got schooled on the lingo – PR, PDR, LSD, BQ, etc. I knew that the Boston Marathon existed but I didn’t get what the big deal was.

It’s just another race, right?

To the non-runner, yes. To a runner, it’s like the Olympics or the Super Bowl for the average Joe/Jane. Unless you are running for a charity, you have to qualify. They don’t let just anybody in. My friends who have run tell of how Boston connects runners and the communities along the course. The history of the race gives you a sense of being a part of something that’s so much bigger than yourself. Running can be a lonely sport but this race is all about the people. The community.

The more I learned, the more I wanted to be a part of Boston. Initially, I doubted myself. I thought there was no way that I’d ever, ever get a BQ. If it was going to happen, I needed to run for a charity. While I think it’s outstanding that so many do run for a charity and raise TONS of money for good causes, I made a promise to myself. The first time I ran Boston, I would need to qualify on my own. It was something that I wanted to personally accomplish. After that, I will raise money and run for charities.

I’ve got a lot of work to do to earn that spot. It’s going to take dedication, commitment, strength and ultimately believing that I can do it. Oh and of course, running fast!

I owe myself the chance to try and the possibility to believe it can happen.

I’ll be thinking of (and watching) all the runner’s today. May you run with the heart and soul that only a runner can have. #BostonStrong

It just so happens that this week in the Lorna Jane Spring Clean Pinterest Challenge, it’s all about BELIEVE. Believing in your goals, your worth, your potential. Believe you can and you will. Check out my Pinterest board to get ideas and find motivation.

Is a BQ a dream of yours?

Do you have a big goal that you would like to believe you can accomplish?

28 comments on “Dare To Believe

  1. To BQ was a huge dream of mine and I accomplished that dream last month at my local marathon, the Quintiles Wrightsville Marathon in NC. Similar to your feelings, I applaud those who raise money for worthy charities for the opportunity to run Boston, but would only run if I qualified myself. After running Boston 2015, I may or may not try to qualify again, but would consider running it as a charity in the future! Children’s Hospital in Boston would be my charity since my sister has been an employee there for over 20 years.
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  2. Yes! YOU WILL! After all the setbacks you have been through, it has given you an extra grit that I know will get you what you want, if a BQ is it, then that is what you will do. #BelieveToAchieve πŸ™‚

    Maybe it can be the same year I run it, that would be so cool πŸ™‚ Happy Boston day!
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  3. Happy Marathon Monday!! πŸ™‚ I am positive you will get to Boston – you have the mental drive to get there and that is more than half the battle! I BQ’d back in 2007 but didn’t end up going to Boston due to other commitments with school, work, and at the time, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to – I’d crossed running a marathon off my bucket list and felt content about it. I’m more of a half marathon girl now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get super excited about Boston! You never know, I might find myself there in the coming years too. Enjoy following the race today! πŸ™‚
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  4. Boston is absolutely on my dream list especially since it is my hometown. I have had an overwhelming desire to run this way before I even became a runner. It holds so much tradition to the people of Boston. I will get there…someday.

  5. You’ll totally get the BQ! I was registered in 1996 and hurt my knee the week before, my friend went and picked up my packet & tshirt. I’ve BQ’d with no issue in every marathon I’ve run and it always nagged at me I never actually got to Boston — so I finally registered again 2 years ago (16 years later!) and it was one of my best running memories (my slowest finish time, but that’s not why) The collective excitement of the runners, the history, and the crowd support — WOW, the crowd support! Utta Pipping (my running idol from the 90s) gave me a HUG at the finish line! Can only imagine what it will be like this year.
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  6. You can get there! Regardless of our goals, we all owe ourselves the chance to try and the possibility to believe those things can happen. Not that I aspire to run Boston, but your drive inspires me to go after my own goals.
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  7. I love all those running stories too! Oddly enough, I don’t have much interest in running Boston at this point. I am sure I am an exception since a lot of runners would love to do it. I do however, like to see others doing it and I like to read all about it. I am sure you will be there some day!
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  8. If you believe it, you can achieve it! Thats what immediately came to mind reading this. I hope you get your BQ and I can’t wait to read your story about getting there! I’m always inspired by athletes stories, they are so real and amazing.
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