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Post-race shot with my commemorative first-time marathoner bib! Feelin’ like a champ!!! @runflyingpig #flyingpig #marathon #finisher #accomplishment #medal #celebrate #goal #achieve #betteryou (at Residence Inn By Mariott)

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker

The days and weeks leading up to a race—injuries, anxiety, worries, nerves and duration of training aside—I always say to myself, “Why do I put myself through this misery? I’ll never do this again.” And yet here I am, registered for my second half marathon. And my first of 2012!

There’s a rush you get from a race. It’s indescribable. The adrenaline, the determination, the drive to finish. The emotional, all-consuming feeling of accomplishment that spreads from head to toe when you cross the finish line at top speed. Your goal, once an illusive thought and unrealistic expectation, now in plain sight. So real. So reachable.

And in this moment. When the goal you’ve trained for lies directly ahead…it’s only you that matters. You are in control. You’re doing this for you and you alone. Nothing else matters…in this moment.

Family, friends, fans and fellow runners seamlessly slip into the background. And get lost in it. Every face and shape in the crowd turns a translucent blur, as your eyes focus solely on the destination ahead.

Goals will be reached.

Records broken.

Hope restored.

Passion renewed.

Motivation rediscovered.

The finish line is in sight.

You will reach your goal.

So go on.

RUN.

You’ve earned it.

And remember…

If you have your mind set on a goal, you can, and you will, achieve it.

And so the illusive “this Sunday” has finally come. Tomorrow I will be running my first, spontaneous 10K! Spontaneous because a few days ago, I decided that while I’m running in my prime—ironically, I say prime in spite of my knee issues—I needed to run a race. STAT. Moreover, a chipped race, to have an official time on record. A time to chronicle the regained sense of joy I feel when I run, sans debilitating calf pain and shin splints. For some reason, I’m running so consistently as far as pace goes, that I feel like my Garmin is broken, or at least lying to me more and more with every step I take. Hopefully this race will prove to me that it is not. That’s TBD tomorrow, I guess…c’mon Garmin, don’t fail me now…

Yikes. I won’t lie. I am super nervous. Anxious. Excited. Determined. Ready. Not ready. But really…I am ready. I’ve set my 6.2 mile goal at 55 minutes or less. Under an hour is an absolute must but I would be elated to achieve my goal—and eager to share that time with others who ask me how the race went. That time would average out to be a little under 9 minutes/mile. I would be golden with that pace. I would be happy with that pace. Overjoyed. Accomplished. So wish me luck. It’s off to Kingston I go in the a.m. for what I pray will be a memorable and momentous 10K race day!! :)

One of my greatest accomplishments of 2011. #halfmarathon #AtlanticCity

Conquering Bally’s and the Atlantic City Half Marathon. I’m so thankful for my best friend, Allie—for always believing in me, and for making this experience so memorable. I love you!! First half. Completed!! :)