#Marathon 8

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#Marathon 8 Life’s Journey

Route 66 Marathon 2013 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Route 66 Marathon 2013 Tulsa, Oklahoma (my 1st marathon)

In less than two weeks I will be on the course running my 8TH #Marathon at the Rock N Roll series in New Orleans.  I am hoping for a new PR on this one, if not that’s ok to, just as long as I cross the finish line.  I have been on a long journey for the last 1-1/2 years coming back from a back injury, which slowed me down, and in consequence I gained all my weight back that was lost when I took up the sport of running. I haven’t been a runner all that long, but have succeeded in crossing the finish line several times in the last 4-1/2 years.

This particular marathon coming up though has extra meaning for me.  The fact that I’m coming back, losing weight, doing more than I ever thought first possible, being stronger in mind, body, and spirit. Before the back injury I thought I was doing all I could, but that wasn’t true. This journey back has been full of ups and downs, turns and curves, showing me there’s still room to improve and push to do more. Changing up how I train and what I do in between races.  Not only running during the week, but weight training as well.  I am still not down in weight as I was for my first marathon, it doesn’t seem to matter because I feel stronger.

This marathon coming up is just the beginning for this year.  I have scheduled 2 more marathons, 1 half marathon, inside sprint triathlon, outside sprint triathlon, my first Olympic distance triathlon, and my first half ironman 70.3 distance triathlon. That’s only my schedule to the end of June. This years journey is just beginning and can’t wait to get started.

Go Short Go Long Go Very Long 2014,Tulsa, Oklahoma (my first 50K)
Go Short Go Long Go Very Long 2014,Tulsa, Oklahoma (my first 50K)

I would like to mention a great charity Bloodwise. I have currently been doing a program that the proceeds benefit them.  The program is called #My Peak Challenge, it involves people making a difference in their own lives while helping to raise awareness for blood cancer research. A wonderful and giving actor Sam Heughan along with lots of help started this program last year to raise awareness, funds, and promote healthy living.  I have been amazed at how well this is managed and distributed. You have menus, work outs and the best inspirational community imaginable. You don’t have bad days they won’t let you.  Right now it’s linked up to a special face book page, there are all different ranges of people from just starting out, to exceptional health, to people trying to get back to where they where or better. Please check it out for yourself, It has changed my life these last couple of months and kept me on track and accountable.

With all of this said, I hope everyone of you that read this, will follow me on the rest of my journey. It’s not easy, it’s life changing, in the end IT WILL BE WORTH IT!

left Lifetime Tri Jan 2015 right Lifetime Tri Jan 2016 wanted to share my journey, I'm not done:o)
left Lifetime Tri Jan 2015 right Lifetime Tri Jan 2016
wanted to share my journey, I’m not done:o)

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