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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?

Do I Really Want to Do That Again?

What day is it? HUMP DAY! Sorry…just love that commercial so much.

So friends, I’ve got a wee bit of a dilemma. Back in the Spring when I was training for VCM, Jen, the registration director for the race, had contacted me about writing my “Why I Run” story for their blog, The Run Down. I did but it never was published. Fast forward to last week. I got another email asking if it was OK to publish my story now that the blog is back up and running after the summer break. I updated my post a little with how awful my race day was and sent it back to Jen. HERE’s the post if you are interested in it.

Vermont City Marathon - happyfitmama.comOnce she read about my horrible day (or rather whole weekend), she said I HAD to do VCM in 2014 to “get the bad taste out of my mouth” from 2013.

Huh.

Do I really want to do that again?

When I mentioned it to Ron, he laughed and said, “Do you really want to do that again?

Truthfully, I had not even considered doing VCM ever again. It’s not because of Burlington (awesome town), the spectators (I was astounded by how many there were for the whole course on such a crappy weather day) or the race course (fabulous). It’s because of the WHOLE experience. A sick toddler, miserable weather conditions, GI issues like you wouldn’t believe, leg cramps that stopped me in my tracks and then the dang car repair issue on a Holiday weekend.

Let me tell you, that’s a whole lot of bad ju-ju in one weekend! You just don’t forget about that.

But when I read Jen’s email I started to think about it.

I know I can do better on that course than what I did on May 26th. A part of me wants to kick VCM in the face. In the nicest way possible, of course.

My #1 priority in picking my second marathon was location. I wanted one close to home, something I could drive to the morning of the race. I was leaning heavily towards the Maine Coast Marathon which is making a reappearance after a 28 year absence. But now I’m not so sure.

I’ve got some serious thinking to do. Do I really want to do VCM again?

What would you do?

Have you ever run the same race twice just to get the “bad taste” out of your mouth? Did it work?

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