Race-Recap-Sorry for the long post. I am going to show you why it’s important to always go after your goal. I started this training cycle in January. I wasn’t able to start training when I wanted to due to injuries. Therefore this whole training cycle I felt behind schedule and I hardly had a down week. I had just completed my 22 miler 9 days before race day! Didn’t really get to taper but needed that run. If you were to ask me to do something on a Friday night I most likely told you no unless it was carb loading on a footlong from Subway. Anybody that would ask, my excuse was always I can’t, I have a long run in the morning. I took every Saturday since January to do my long runs by myself and several were done on a treadmill. Running is just as much mental as it is physical. It wasn’t easy and I’m now without 2 toe nails but all I could think about was it will be worth it. I can’t count how many times I teared up thinking about all the time and energy I had put into this race that was approaching fast. My mom and I landed in Boston on Friday night and every night on the news they talked about how bad the weather was going to be on Marathon Monday. Turns out it was the worst weather they have had on Marathon Monday in 30 years. What do you do other than know you came to run and that’s what you’re going to do. By the time we loaded the bus to ride 45 minutes to Hopkinton where the race starts my feet were already soaked. It took me 5 miles before I was able to feel my feet. I was so grateful to see over 9,000 volunteers standing out on the course yelling you’re a bad a**. Well thank you, sir! At mile 18- a guy yelled you just killed Heartbreak Hill. But I was so delirious I didn’t realize we hadn’t reached Heartbreak Hill yet. Miles 20-21 were my slowest miles as we were finally approaching Heartbreak Hill. I looked at my Garmin as my quads were tightening up and realized I wasn’t far away from a PR on a crazy day and I wasn’t ready to give up yet. I’m so thankful for Momma who made sure I kept my sanity and had everything I needed for that day! I’ve never been so appreciative for a 97 cent poncho. I challenge you to do something that scares you.