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Sitting on the fence is uncomfortable, seriously it is! You just sit there trying to get comfortable when you know you should just get off on one side of the fence. You know you’d feel relief, but sometimes you just sit there trying to decide which side knowing you should just make a dang decision. Well that’s how I feel, I am on this stupid fence contemplating…. waiting……hoping…. as I sit here well maybe I will see a sign, perhaps a double rainbow (almost triple rainbow). Time is ticking by and I am uncomfortable on this fence. So now I need to get off, make a plan and crush some serious goals.

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So I am getting off the fence, one foot after another slowly feeling comfortable and love not being in limbo. Ahhhhhhh yes the feeling of making a decision. I have went back and forth on this issue. 1)Run the Cleveland half marathon and kill my time from last year (1:44) 2) Run the Cleveland full marathon and crush my full time from Akron. Seriously let’s take a step back just for a little tiny second……. What an amazing decision to have to make, no seriously…. Here I am sitting on a fence deciding between a half and full marathon, talk about being blessed! My body is capable of both of these distances, WOW this is just hard to believe at times. About 4 years ago I weight 350lbs, now I am sitting on a dang fence deciding the distance goal of a running event………..Thank you God for this opportunity!

Just about 4 short years ago, this was me!

Just about 4 short years ago, this was me!

I thought long and hard. I love the Cleveland half, have done it 2 years now and have loved every second of it. The crowd support, my amazing family coming to support me, being able to crush it both years, seriously I could write a love letter and dedicate it to the Cleveland half. I think in the pictures you can tell I loved every second of my 2 half marathon experiences.

Cleveland Half 2014 waiting to start.

Cleveland Half 2014 waiting to start.


Dancing at the start, Cleveland 1/2 2014 (working out those nerves)

Dancing at the start, Cleveland 1/2 2014 (working out those nerves)


Cleveland 2014 Half Finisher!

Cleveland 2014 Half Finisher!


Traditional Rite Aid Cleveland post-race photo. Cleveland Marathon 2014 with a finish time of 1:44

Traditional Rite Aid Cleveland post-race photo. Cleveland Marathon 2014 with a finish time of 1:44


Cleveland Half 2013, waiting for the race to start

Cleveland Half 2013, waiting for the race to start


Cleveland Half 2013, finishing my first half STRONG! Point to my husband and parents

Cleveland Half 2013, finishing my first half STRONG! Point to my husband and parents


Cleveland Half 2014 Finisher!

Cleveland Half 2014 Finisher!


Then there is the Cleveland full…uncharted waters in my book. I have only done one other full, and it seriously took everything I had in me AND support from my amazing friends and family. There are a lot of what if’s like what if it’s a 70+ degree day! I mean it’s Cleveland in May, I could also be running through snow (kidding but kind of not). The Akron full is one accomplishment I am so very proud of completing, seriously look at the smile as well as the look of death in some of these pictures.
Waiting for the Akron Full, bundle of nerves!

Waiting for the Akron Full, bundle of nerves!


Finishing my first EVER full, had to own that finish!

Finishing my first EVER full, had to own that finish!


Just after finishing the Akron Full

Just after finishing the Akron Full


Feeling like death after the Akron full, thanks Mom for this outstanding picture!

Feeling like death after the Akron full, thanks Mom for this outstanding picture!


After running through both of these events in my head I have made a choice.

Yep, I am going to do the Cleveland FULL Eeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk………….

I just said it out loud, plus I am going to post it on my blog which also means facebook (does it get any more official????). The decision was long and hard, but I am feeling pretty good about it. I also feel like I needed to make sure I had a few things in place before being 100% (here is my check list of necessities before deciding on the full):

1) Training partner for the long runs…..no seriously these can be damn intimidating (it’s mostly a mind game). So I need someone to be there, even if it’s just that they are physically there and we don’t talk. I enlisted the best training partner I know………….MY HUSBAND AND HIS TREK BIKE. Seriously there is no way in Heck I would have completed 26.2 without this man following me for every long run, he even almost had to pick me up when I was taken out by a bee sting on my first 20 mile run (yes I was a bit dramatic, my mind was taking over).

Best supporter, there for EVERY long run!

Best supporter, there for EVERY long run!


2) A nice strong base. I have been keeping up my running distances and doing some serious spinning (my current obsession and cross training of choice).

3) An understand partner. Yep, your partner needs to be on board because let’s face it taking on a marathon is ALMOST like a part-time job. I am so proud to say my partner is not only supporting my decision, like I posted in #1 he’s my training partner for those long runs.

My loving supportive husband, I believe he was buying me running shoes in this picture =)

My loving supportive husband, I believe he was buying me running shoes in this picture =)


4) Friends/family that support and get it. Yep, all your peeps need to be encouraging and supporters. I have some amazing friends/family and I know they will support this decision and do whatever they can to help me reach my goal. Thanks in advance to my two morning workout pals Kcey and Jess…..yep already counting on you and KNOW I CAN.
Kcey and Jess with me for my very first half in 2013

Kcey and Jess with me for my very first half in 2013


My good friend Stephanie (she ran the 10K).

My good friend Stephanie (she ran the 10K).


My amazing family making me cupcakes before my first full =)

My amazing family making me cupcakes before my first full =)


5) Gear and accessories. Seriously whoever said running was cheap is a dirty dang LIAR! Yes you know that person….all you need is a water bottle and shoes LIAAARRRRRRRRR. Ok so you all know I love some running accessories. I feel I am on point with the gear and really happy about my purchase of a Nathan running vest for hydration (thanks husband), my garmin (sprinkles) is ready to rock (just hope her dang battery holds out). Also I am in a seriously amazing place as I have IVY (yep I have nicknamed my treadmill), she’s a beast and she told me she’s ready for a full.
Nathan Hydration Vest

Nathan Hydration Vest


Amazing Running Shoes from Vertical Runner (they are the best).

Amazing Running Shoes from Vertical Runner (they are the best).


All my running gear for my first full, don't forget the gel AND body glide.

All my running gear for my first full, don’t forget the gel AND body glide.


6) A positive mind, attitude and spirit………….yep think I got it =)

So friends, family, and amazing folks that read my blog there you have it. I am running the Cleveland FULL. Now will start the official training =) feel free to read along, lace up and join me in Cleveland, come support me throughout the course ORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR be at the finish line with a cupcake or heck a dozen cupcakes, let’s face it I’ll be rungry when I finish and we all know how I love a cupcake at the end of a race =)

Akron Marathon (first full) celebration cupcake!

Akron Marathon (first full) celebration cupcake!


Cleveland Half 2014 (2nd half) celebration cupcake!

Cleveland Half 2014 (2nd half) celebration cupcake!


Cleveland Half 2013 (first ever half) celebration cupcake!

Cleveland Half 2013 (first ever half) celebration cupcake!

XX,
Jamie

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