This is not the way I envisioned closing out this series when I wrote my first post back in May. I thought I would regale you with an awesome marathon with a PR smashing time.Reality is I did the 5k in just about the same time I did the Mother’s Day 5k just before my first post. Life has a way of teaching you. You have to be willing to learn.

So what did I learn? In the immortal words of Jimmy V, don’t ever five up. I had progressed back to a 14 mile long run and was excited about tunning the marathon. A very short time later it was evident the marathon wasn’t happening. Then the half marathon slipped away. I wanted to throw in the towel. Why bother running that measly 5k knowing my time would be mdeicre at best. It was. But I didn’t give up. I diden’t stop believing. I still have a sore foot to work through, but the past 6 months has taught me how much I love and miss running.

Yes, it is a much different closing post than I had anticipated, but it is a hopeful one. I look forward to a winter of running and rebuilding the base and take on the marathon challenge in 2017. It didn’t turn out how I planned, but I have never stopped believing.

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