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?

Meal Planning Week of April 20

Easter Bunnies and Carrot Cookies | happyfitmama.com

Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

If you don’t, Happy Sunday Funday and Meal Planning Day!

I’m keeping it short and sweet today, so I can spend time with my family peeps before heading out for a long run with my running peeps. See what I did there? Easter, peeps. Hahaha.

Here’s what I’ve got planned -

Sunday: Easter dinner out

Monday: Baked Eggs with Quinoa and Spinach

Tuesday: Mango Sweet Potato Tacos

Wednesday: Teriyaki Salmon + massaged kale salad

Thursday: Potato Asparagus and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Friday: Black Bean Avocado Quesadillas

Saturday: Wing it

What are you having for dinner this week?