As I sit here on the eve of what is my one week countdown to Mission: Half Marathon, I find myself filled with both excitement and terror. Training for this goal of mine has been less than kind. So why the hell am I doing it?! Because there is something inside me that needs to know I have conquered this. I know some people have wondered why I am doing this, especially when training has been so difficult for me, but they simply are not able to understand the depth of this challenge for me. And their failure to understand is not due to incompetency, it is just that, until now, this has been something personal I have kept inside.

It is more than just a physical goal I seek, it is also one of emotion. To finish this race will be more than just completing a run for me. In taking this journey I am battling personal demons, conquering fears, and proving to myself that I can in fact do anything I set my mind to. If…no…when I finish this race I will not be the same woman I am today. With every minute of every mile I hope to shed my past. Rid myself of the old me that seems so unrelatable now. No longer being afraid of failing, no longer allowing myself to be held back from my dreams. This is a challenge I have placed for myself against my biggest opponent in life…Myself.

Too often I have shied away from what I really want in this life, and it has been purely out of fear. I have a vision for my life, goals that some can’t even dream of, and I will never see them come to light until I fully learn to set all fear aside for good and walk purely in faith. I take on this challenge to prove to no one other than myself that I can do it. I will cross that finish line. As I told my cousin earlier today, if I have to run, walk, crawl or have someone drag my tattered body over it, I will cross it 🙂

Yes, I will cross that bridge and shed my fear. I will emerge from that tunnel and feel reborn. I will cross that finish line and never look back. This is my race, my journey, my life.


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Greetings! I guess you're here to find out who I am...looks like we're in the same boat. I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. Unfortunately, I do not write as much as I would like to, but I hope to rectify that. Aside from poetry, I dabble in novel-writing. I have many ideas jotted down, some of them I've started, and maybe one day I will actually get one finished (if I just didn't have to worry about working, paying bills, and simple basic survival). I spend a lot of my time supporting my kids dreams. My daughter is a musician, and my son is an athlete, so between music gigs and school sporting events, my time is pretty much consumed...but I love every single moment of it!! I am also passionate about environmental issues; always looking for ways to lend a hand. Currently, I have an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted items that I have personally made. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to two of my favorite charities; Mission Blue and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. You can learn more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeaceLoveGlo?ref=hdr_shop_menu Other than that, I love to travel! I hope to see as much of the world as possible. There is so much more out there than just where we are, and I feel it is a gift that we should not take for granted. Once upon a time I was a runner (though some may have called it jogging with enthusiasm), but my Achilles decided it didn't like that anymore so now we walk. I'm beginning to venture into yoga, which so far has been a pleasant experience, and if time will permit, I would like to start doing some hiking. I also love music and going to concerts, coffee is my best friend, and over thinking is my worst enemy. So that's pretty much me in a nutshell. Nothing too fancy or exciting, just a 40-something still trying to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g. P. S. Remember, "Agree to disagree, for not one person is ever truly right."

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