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Sara  Wife 💍 - Mom 👶🏻 - Runner 👟 26.2 (3:26), 13.1 (1:37), BQ x 2 💙💛 Garmin Fitness | Zensah | Tifosi 💌 sara@runningwife.com

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Even through the struggle and sadness at the end of my marathon there was one part that I’ll always remember. After I finished crying on my husband’s shoulder I let go and saw my sweet boy. He had the BIGGEST smile on his face. Even through the tears I couldn’t help but smile! He didn’t care that I “failed”, he didn’t care that I had to stop - he gave me the biggest smile because all he cared about was seeing his Mama! The same smile I would have gotten if I’d hit the PR I wanted. That boy has lifted me up so many times over the past week 💙💙 I want to show my son that you can do anything you put your mind to. That you may be knocked down but you get back up. You let yourself feel the pain but you don’t let it overtake you or kill your spirit. You keep working towards your goals even if it’s the tiniest baby steps at a time. 👟👟

Im finally coming down from the emotional mess of my marathon. It was a heartbreaking race but one that has taught me so much and in all honesty has made me more excited, driven, and passionate about this wonderful but sometimes heartbreaking sport! I’ve got some fun things in the works that I’ll be sharing soon but for now I’m on a 10-14 day break 😬 it’s hard but it’s what my body needs! I’m looking forward to refocusing, working harder than ever, and in the future getting my redemption! 💪 It’s coming - maybe not today or even this next cycle but it is COMING! 👟

Every single part of me wants to run right now. I want redemption and I want it NOW. The thing about it is it won’t happen over night or even in the next 6 months. While redemption will be so sweet and it WILL happen my body isn’t ready for it. This past weekend pointed out my weak spots. It showed me that some things I’ve been putting off can’t be put off anymore. It showed me that to get redemption I have to change things - so that’s my focus. My game plan is coming together and I will definitely be sharing it soon, but for now I’m enjoying these little moments with the best little boy and family I could ask for! It’s the perfect time of year to be taking things slow and enjoying these precious moments ❤️🏃🏼‍♀️

It’s been a crazy couple days around here. Like after any marathon (Good or bad) I take at least a whole week off of running. It’s hard - but it’s also greatly needed this time around. I am feeling a little better today but still having moments of frustration. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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One thing that has helped me is starting to create a game plan for the future. I want redemption bad but I’m not convinced it’s the best time to jump back at the marathon- so I’ve been talking with many and working with some really great people to make sure I’m taking the next best step in my running journey. It’s not always a straight road - sometimes you have to go through some hills and valleys to achieve your greatest dreams! 🙌
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The one constant in all this is my sweet husband amazing little boy! Even though many tears were shed seeing them in the medical tent was the highlight of my day. My sweet little boy smiled so big when he came in with his two little bottom teeth and I gave him the biggest hug! They both make it so worth while! 💙💙

The moment I saw my husband after the race he hugged me, let me cry, and immediately promised that he would help me do whatever it takes to redeem this race. He knew how much time I put in, the sacrifices we both made, and that even though he couldn’t relate to a DNF he knew how devastating it was to me. 💔
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Even though it wasn’t my day I am so so proud of this man for winning the 40th annual #kiawahmarathon in 2:25:06! .
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The emotions are still very raw today and still taking my time to process it all and come up with game plan from here. It may take me a few days but I’ll be back and sharing more! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your amazing support and love ❤️❤️

I didn’t want to post. I wanted to just go on like it didn’t happen, but that wouldn’t be truthful. The truth - today for the first time ever I DNF’d at mile 19.83. That number will stay in my head a long time. I felt great up until mile 15. The pace flowed and I felt strong. Around mile 14 I noticed my right hamstring was getting tight. I didn’t want to panic because it’s a marathon and well shit hurts during a marathon. As the miles progressed my right hamstring kept getting tighter and tighter. I couldn’t get my leg far off the ground and I was limping by mile 18. I kept pushing and pushing and then at mile 19.83 I couldn’t go anymore. It hurt so bad and the moment I stopped I couldn’t walk. I sat on the side of the road in so much pain and the tears starting flowing. I never ever imagined I’d DNF. I hit EVERY SINGLE workout in training. I worked my ass off and I left with nothing. I felt like I’d let everyone that helped me get here down. There are so many emotions running through me right now. I wish I could put it into words but I can’t right now. I know one race doesn’t define me - I WILL redeem myself - and I WILL continue to work my ass off. But for right now...at this moment...it hurts. 💔
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I truly thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your well wishes and support this training cycle and beyond! 💕

Sorry for the horrible lighting 🙈 It was late when we finally got to the expo and with a baby who was way over being in the car this mama was tired! This is the best I could get. Tomorrow morning I will run 26.2. I’ve done the training but I still feel unsure of what will happen. All I can do at this point is execute the best I can! 🏃🏼‍♀️ Thank you for all your support during this training cycle! ❤️❤️ I’ll give it my all! 💪👟

I figured the best way to end marathon training was the same way it started - with my sweet little man! 💙💙
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It’s amazing how 12 weeks can feel so long sometimes so short. This was officially my last run before race day! How is that even possible?! It took me longer to get Easton to the trail and in the stroller than to run my designated 2 miles super easy 🤣 but I wouldn’t want to finish out this training any other way! 👶🏻 .
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The work is officially done 🙅🏻‍♀️ Tomorrow is our travel day. I have no control over anything else besides my fueling. So let’s do this! No matter what happens I’m ready to give it everything I’ve got! 💪🏃🏼‍♀️
2.05 miles || 8:56 average pace 👟👟

“You can find evidence to support anything you believe about yourself. So you might as well believe you can achieve even your most outlandish goals.” Julie Sygiel ❤️
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I think I’ve been in a bit of denial that I’m racing in less than 72 hours until this morning when my husband reminded me of that fact 🤣 I love the quote above because it’s so true. You can go to a start line believing that there is no way you’ll achieve your goal or you can go and believe that you can achieve even your craziest dreams! That’s the mindset I have to have. I could come up with a list or reasons why I will or won’t make my goal Saturday but I choose only to focus on why I WILL. Our mind is such a powerful tool that we can choose to use help us or work against us. 🙌🏃🏼‍♀️
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4 easy miles this morning with 6 x 15 second strides. Just 2 more miles on these legs before they race! 😬
4.05 miles || 8:14 average pace 👟👟

“Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” 👌
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Trust the process. It’s so easy to say but no matter how many times I do this I always find doubt creeping in around this time. This morning as I ran my scheduled easy 5 miles I thought back over the last 12 weeks. I’ve hit my workouts, I’ve run the long runs, the easy runs, and everything in between. There is nothing that I didn’t have scheduled that I didn’t complete and yet the mystique of any race is that it all comes down to one day. All that’s left for me to do is executed this race the best I know how. It may go my way, it may not, but I know that I’ve done all I could and I will leave knowing I laid it all out on that course! 💪
5.05 miles || 8:38 average pace 👟👟

It’s RACE WEEK!! 🙌🙌
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I always feel so happy just to have made it to the final week of the taper healthy and happy! This morning was my last tempo before the big day: 2 mile warm up, 3 mile tempo, and 1 mile cool down. I opted for the treadmill because I didn’t want to do this one with the stroller. Tempos race week have never felt great, and this one sure didn’t feel super comfortable, but lots of rest, proper fueling, and the adrenaline of race day can go a long way! I’ve done the work and now I just have to trust it and do the best I can! 🏃🏼‍♀️
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I’ve loved sharing this cycle with my sweet boy! He makes it so much more fun even when I have to push an extra 50 lbs on some of my runs! I love having him a part of this with me! 💙💙
6.10 miles || 8:00 average pace 👟👟

Taper week 1 is DONE! 🙌 It was a good week overall and my body is finally feeling a lot better! I finished off the week with 7 easy miles with my little man! 💙 His first Birthday has kept me super busy all week that it isn’t until today that it really hit me that I’ll be running a marathon in just 5 days! 😱
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Week 11 of marathon training ended with 51 miles - 2 workouts, a 12 mile long run, and 3 easy days. Right where I wanted to be with a 20% reduction. Now it’s time to really get focused, finish out the last few runs, a small tempo, and get mentally ready to tackle 26.2 on Saturday! 🏃🏼‍♀️ Ready or not race week is here!
7.10 miles || 8:39 average 👟👟

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