In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


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Wednesday Goods

I’m sharing goods today.

1. It’s National Running Day! What does that mean? I got $20 off my Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll registration! It’s cool…still cost me $90. But NRD also means a mid-week run with my favorite running peeps. We’re hitting the UW Arboretum then hitting the brews to celebrate.

I also stumbled upon this awesome vid of the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, which I ran in 2012. Ugh, gives me goosebumps.

 

2. Quote: My sister shared this with me a while back, and it’s about time I pass it on:

“You are so young. You stand before beginnings. I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can – to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.  Try to love the questions like locked rooms. Like books written in a foreign language.  Do not now look for the answers. They cannot be given to you…because you could not live with them. It is a question of experiencing everything…You need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

3. 38 Little Things That Make You Feel Great

4. I bought a bed yesterday. A real bed. Like with a headboard and footboard. I’m officially an adult. Isn’t it perdy? It’s funny the things that make me giddy these days.

princesses pad

5. 4th of July. Without a doubt the best holiday there is. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with the 4th, obsessed with America clothing and even more obsessed with fireworks. Well we’re less than a month away from my Christmas. So yes, I AM already planning how to do my nails for the festivities. 4th of july nails

And lastly, a tune. I’m not a huge country fan but this is a JAM. And it’s on repeat.


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One Year Later

Today is my 1-year anniversary of running my first marathon. Holy mac time flies! It’s bizarre to think of the mileage I was pulling out this time last year. On June 3rd, 2012 I ran the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon with my sister, cousins and aunt and uncle. Some miles were good, some were great, but most were brutal. But was it worth it? Hell yeah.

Running my first marathon was so much more than completing the 26.2 miles. It was training day in and day out for 4 months. It was waking up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to rip out 16 miles. It was hating running and it was loving running. It was a celebration. It was a family reunion. It was crossing the finish line and accomplishing something incredible with my best friend and sister.

So what has changed in a years time? Well for starters, I’ve spent a whole lot of money on this sport. And my feet have become immune to blisters and calluses. But I’ve also become a stronger, more experienced runner. Running has become a hobby instead of an annoying task. I’ve become part of a running community and have made amazing friends through this sport. AND lastly, after vowing to never run a marathon again, I’m signed up for the Madison Marathon on November 10th!

Our group of marathoners!

2012 San Diego Marathon


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Because I Can

I signed up for another marathon. Wait…WHAT?

After running the San Diego Marathon last June, I vowed to never run another marathon again. Well, apparently I lied. I am officially registered for the Madison Marathon on November 10th.

I'm running another marathon

So why did I sign up? Because I can. Because I’m fortunate enough to have the ability to run.

And because of this. (No seriously. That link is worth reading.)

And this:

Good people

And for statements like this (taken from a friend’s Facebook page):

Burning out someone’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter. I’m sick that the Boston Marathon, a day meant to be a celebration of confidence, motivation, self-awareness, support, and strength could turn to this. I’m running Chicago, and expect to finish in somewhere over 4 hours…right around the time explosions hit Boston’s finish line. October 13th I’m no longer running for a personal challenge. I’ll be running with vengeance for this foolish hatred, for the victims, and with hope….for change.

The day after the Boston Marathon a local news station’s Facebook page asked if the bombings would deter people from signing up for future races. Me? Hell no. It did the complete opposite.

So there you have it. I’m running another marathon.