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19 days: I will run my first marathon

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  September 16, 2013 12:39 PM

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In 19 days I will run a marathon my first marathon.

In 19 days I will see if all the miles I've cranked out, all of the early-morning wake-ups, and lost sleep on weekends, and blisters, and tight calves, will get me through 26.2 miles.

I never thought I'd be here -- just 19 days away from a run I never thought I'd want to take.

I swore up and down I'd never run this far; that I'd never want to. Now, on the days where work exhausts me, and stress has gotten the better of my smile, cranking out 26.2 miles seems glorious.

Who have I become?

In a way, the above comment was less of my normal sarcastic quip, and more a genuine question. Running has changed me, I think. Or maybe it's just brought out the stuff that was always there, sitting just under the surface. Either way, now that it is out, it cannot be harnessed.

Some of the miles I've logged along the way have been ugly, complex miles that felt like I was carrying not only the weight of my body along on my run, but the weight of so many other things, too.

Some miles have taken me by surprise with just how downright beautiful they have been.

And still other miles made me think: So this is what it means to actually work hard -- really hard -- at something.

Friends have been texting, tweeting and putting up status messages about getting their bibs for the Boston Marathon next year.

I'm not there yet. But my determination is.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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