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Women’s Half Marathon St. Petersburg Giveaway

by Meghann on August 14, 2012

Another sign summer is almost over….the sun is rising later and later.

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Something about jumping in the pool before the sun rises just doesn’t feel right.

The good news is, after our coach pushed our limits last week, he took it easy on us today. Lots of long intervals at a steady pace that allowed everyone to stretch out their strokes and really reach during their pulls. I was a fan.

We did a total of 1500 meters and called it a day. I was not complaining. ;)

Breakfast!

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Overnight Oats in Jar <– my favorite!

The mix:

  • last bit of honey peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • plain Chobani
  • milk
  • raisins
  • cinnamon
  • chis seeds

On top:

  • fresh cherries (bag is almost gone)
  • granola

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Love those layers!

Women’s Half Marathon St. Petersburg Giveaway

As I mentioned in yesterday’s race line-up post, I’m registered to run the Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon in St. Petersburg on November 18th. It’s a race I’m very excited about!

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I’ve come *this close* to registering for the Women’s Half Marathon the last two years, but the race always fell on a weekend I was out of town. However, this year I blocked the November 18th weekend in my calendar back in February just to make sure my schedule was kept clear for the race. We’re a few months out and so far it’s still good to go.

What I’m really excited about for this race is the course. It’s very similar to the Rock ‘n’ Roll race I ran in February (which I LOVED) and takes you along the water in St. Pete. It’s a beautiful, flat and fast course that only takes you on one (small) bridge and you get to run on the pier (a lot of locals aren’t fans of running on the pier, but I’ve always enjoyed the scenic views).

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The medal is another bonus. Part of the medal can be removed and added to a necklace as a charm.

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Over the last year I’ve had the honor of getting to know some of the folks at Women’s Running Magazine (the original organizers of the event) and they are such a great, dedicated team who really love the sport of running and everything it encompasses. They created this series to take the intimidation factor out of running. It’s a race that encourages “girl power,” being fit, staying strong, and cheering women on to achieve goals they never thought possible. This is an every-woman race. It’s walker-friendly, it’s mother/daughter friendly, it’s first-timer friendly, and it’s PR pace friendly. There will be no fancy expos or crazy crowds, but there will be a few thousand new friends cheering you on to your goal and a heck of a lot of fun.

So, what do you think? Do you want to run it?

I have ONE free race entry for the Women’s Half Marathon St. Petersburg to giveaway today. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below listing who your biggest running inspiration is. Is it your mom? Your best friend? Ryan Hall? Share below!

My biggest running inspiration is my sister. We’ve been running together since 2008 (when she pushed me through my first 5k) and to this day she is still my favorite running partner. She is the strongest woman I know and her commitment to staying fit and healthy with everything else she has going on, always inspires me to do the same. I wouldn’t be the runner I am today without her. :)

You have until Wednesday (8/15/12) at midnight to enter. I’ll draw a winner for my Thursday AM post. The contest is good for race entry only, the winner is responsible for his/her travel.

Oh! And if you don’t win – but still want to do the race! – use the coupon code MMBLOG10FL during your registration for $10 off any event entry.

Good Luck!

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1 Victoria (District Chocoholic) August 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

Nothing feels MORE right than jumping in the pool before the sun rises.

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2 Kim August 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

My biggest running inspiration is my friend who was my roommate in college. She is incredible. She will be running her second Ironman this weekend. She has two young kids and still manages to fit in training for an ironman!

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3 Michelle in Michigan August 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

My running inspiration is my dad. He starting running late in life and got me going in my late 20′s (I was NOT athletic in my younger years and I smoked!!). He is my number one fan and keeps my going. He is still going strong in his late 60′s.

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4 Diane @ DixieJulep August 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

Ooh, I would love to run this race! I’ve had my eye on it for a couple years, so winning would be awesome.

My biggest inspiration to run is my son. He’s just a toddler now, tagging along in the jogging stroller, but as he grows up, I want to model a healthy lifestyle for him in which exercise is a joy, not a chore. Running does that for me, so I hope he’ll find his own passion for fitness when he grows up.

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5 Stacey August 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

My biggest inspiration is my girlfriends! When we go out, I sit back and revel at just how amazing each and every one is and all the different things we’ve all accomplished! I would love to win this race entry!

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6 Alexandra Bryar August 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

My biggest running motivation is my twin sister. We were born 3 months premature so every race i run, I think how far we have come since infancy. She just got into running and is kicking butt!!!

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7 Emily B. August 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

My college roommate is my running inspiration. She ran outside no matter how much snow the Syracuse winter dumped on us.

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8 Beth @ Running with the Sunrise August 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

My biggest running inspiration is my boyfriend, who got his butt in gear and started running, which got me back into running and starting to train for half marathons and marathons. I owe all of my races to his positive influence.

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9 Cat Melnyk August 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

My biggest running inspirations are my friends. I see them go distances I’d never imagined and complete races that a year before didn’t even seem fathomable. I’m proud of them, I’m proud to to know them.

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10 Alexis August 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

My biggest running inspiration is my brother. He’s a dedicated, self-motivator, and I would love to have that sort of drive one day!

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11 Casey August 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

My running inspiration is bloggers like you! I’m surrounded by family & friends who don’t make very healthy choices.. So its nice to know I’m not alone!

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12 Val August 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

My biggest running inspiration is bloggers! I never even tried running a race until I started reading blogs on a daily basis. After starting to read a few I was inspired to start running myself. I have only gotten as far as a 10k with races but really want to try out a half.

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13 Rachel @ Runner's Tales August 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

My biggest running inspiration are my blogging friends. No one in family is into exercise and fitness so having a community to turn to has been truly inspirational.

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14 Kelsea Gusk August 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

My biggest running inspiration is my mom! She came to running a bit later in life and is now the most consistent runner I know, she loves hills and I am always so proud to run besides her up some giant hills. I always think, what a great thing to be doing with my mother!!!

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15 Elise August 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

my biggest inspiration for all things athletic (including, but not limited to running), is my father. at the ripe age of 55 he began competing in trick water skiing. he had done it recreationally as long as i can remember, but decided to take it to the next level. fast forward 12 years, and he’s won 4/5 national titles for his age division, taken 2nd at world for men 55+, and has been an inspiration to younger and older water skiers alike; and to me as an all around athlete. if i can be like my father at any point in my life (preferably all of it) ii will have had an incredible life.

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16 Jamie August 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

My biggest running inspiration is my sister as well! She’s so dedicated and has come back from some major injuries even stronger. :)

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17 Katharine Perkins August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

My running insipiration is the group of women with whom, I run with every morning at 5am, all are full time working mothers. 5am is “our” time, spouses, children and dogs are snug in their beds and we can focus on bettering our physical and emotional well-being and selves. There is no such thing as “I don’t have time” among this group, but rather we are on a quest to beat becoming a “mush moms” in every sense of the phrase.

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18 Kim Thomas August 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

My biggest running inspiration is my mom! She endured 15 years in an abusive relationship with my father and came out of it the strongest woman I know! She has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to, which included running my first 1/2 last November! She’s my inspiration for everything I accomplish in life!

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19 Meghan R August 14, 2012 at 11:09 am

I would say my biggest running inspiration are my running buddies. Most of them have been running longer than I have and have even more inspirational stories about what got them started in running. Every time they have a new PR or register for a new race it inspires me to do the same. They help me to get my but up off the couch and move!

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20 Danielle Abukhalaf August 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

My biggest running inspiration are my patients I take care of at the hospital. I am a nurse here in Orlando and I work on the Neuro Unit. I take care of patients who have multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Seizures, MG, strokes and much more. Majority of my patient’s cannot run most cannot even walk. They inspire me because I use to take walking for a gift but after working there I don’t. They work and battle so hard to gain motion in their body. Whenever I am running I feel so blessed to be able to move my body freely. And when I want to give up I think of them and I run harder.

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21 Natalie August 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

my running inspiration would have to be my aunt Darlene. She is actually signed up and training to run this race!!She is 50+ years and this is her last race and I would love to run it with her!! either way I will still be going to cheer her on

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22 genna August 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

my biggest inspiration for running are those battling diseases such as cancer because I am an active participant in team in trainin and that is what got me started in running

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23 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin August 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

My running inspiration is definitely my dad. When I was a little girl, I had an older brother with severe Cerebral Palsy. My family’s life was stressful and emotional for the five years he lived, and it caused a lot of negative feelings in all of us. My dad used running as a way to keep himself calm and focused, for our family. He would wake up before the sun and run, which was his only “me” time of the day. He is the one who taught me and has reinforced the mental aspects and benefits of running. He encouraged me to sign up for my first half-marathon this year and basically created my training plan for me. He is my inspiration in all aspects of life, but especially running!

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24 Christine Turner August 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

My biggest inspiration would have to be my parents. Even though I know they think running marathons and all of these long distance races are a little crazy, they are still my number one fan. They’ve always inspired me to maintain a healthy, balanced life and when I’m running, I try to make them proud! :)

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25 Dina August 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

I ran this race last year and had such an amazing time!

I would say my running inspiration are the runners I see on my regular route. As a slow runner who has a busy life, I like the idea of regular people who take time out of their busy schedules to fit in exercise.

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26 Christina August 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

My biggest running inspiration is my husband. He signed up for my first 5k with me on my birthday one year. Then, trained with me “so I didn’t have to run alone” for my first marathon. He’s always challenging me and it’s great for us to have that time together when we go on running dates :)

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27 Meghan D. August 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

My biggest reason for running is the feeling I get after every single run. I run for myself – I motivate myself to take every stride I make. I enjoy feeling accomplished and challenged, simultaneously.

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28 Lisa August 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

My biggest running inspiration is one of my best guy friends. Though I can do distance, he definitely has be beat on speed. His daily runs inspire me to kick in into high gear when I’m starting to give up. Hopefully one day I’ll have the ability to be halfway as fast as him. ;)

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29 Christina S. August 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

I would love to win this!

My biggest running inspiration is my mom. She ran her first half marathon with me at the age of 50. Her determination shows me that age doesn’t matter and I shouldn’t give up on anything I want.

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30 Steph August 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

My biggest running inspiration are all my newfound blogging friends and their incredible stories of how they bece runners! ?

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31 Lori August 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Oscar Pistorius – how could he not be an inspiration!

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32 Allison August 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

My biggest running inspiration is one of my best friends. She played lacrosse in college but was injured and had knee surgery the summer after graduation. She is still recovering one year later, but she enjoys every single run she sets out on–it’s a joy that I try to channel with every run I complete!

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33 Kristin August 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

My biggest runner inspiration is my brother Erick. When I told him I was crazy enough to finally try doing a full marathon (after completing several 1/2′s), he not only called weekly (he lives in CO and I live in FL) for run updates, but also decided to run the race 6 weeks before, and only did one training run of about 10 miles, and ran the entire race with me. He’s probably the only reason I was able to make it through the entire race, because there were several points where I really wanted to give up, but he kept encouraging and entertaining me along the way until we made it to the finish.

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34 Rachel Hires August 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my dog. Good runs can be kind of elusive at times but he never has a “bad running day”. To boot, the only way he can get out the door is if I go with him and I can’t live with that guilt:)

The Woman’s Half is a super fun race! I ran last year and am really excited about running it again!

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35 Jennifer D. August 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

My running inspiration is my husband. He agreed to run the Chicago marathon with me in 2011 and was by my side motivating me everyday during training. He supported me and never left my side during the entire race and showed me what dedication and will power can do.

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36 Valori August 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my little sister as well!

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37 Caroline August 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Local St Pete girl over here! I’d love to win an entry to this race-my running inspiration is def my college roommate. She ran marathons and I totally credit her for getting me into distance running. We have been toying with the idea of running this race together!

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38 Shanna @Stilettos and Running Shoes August 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my mom! She was diagnosed with breast cancer over Labor Day weekend last year and has since beat it and is in full remission! She used to be a super avid runner when I was a kid and the night before going in to surgery, she pulled me aside and made me promise her that after everything was over, we’d run her first half marathon together! Thankfully, we’ve started training and are signed up for one early this fall! :) This race would be a fantastic addition to “our” race calendar!

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39 Jessie August 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my dad. He started running in college after his dad died of a heart attack. He’s still going strong at 62! He just completed his second 100-mile ultramarathon in May and has run numerous 50 milers and other distance challenges. I ran 10 miles for the first time on Sunday, and he was the first person I wanted to tell. I’d love to run St. Pete. There’s no better scenery imo.

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40 Lys August 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my grandfather – he recently beat lung cancer but is unable to walk for very long distances, so I run for him! He loves to hear about my running adventures and is always supportive of my endeavors!

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41 Michele August 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

My running inspiration is my friend Alyson. We started together as new runners last year and while I was naturally a bit faster than her, she worked hard and stepped up to the challenge of running with people who had been running for years. This summer she worked hard and ran every day and improved by three minutes (on a two mile time trial) is now one of the top ten runners on my team. I am so proud of her and excited for her achievements!

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42 Katy Marques August 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I run with a group called the Suncoast Striders-they are all so awesome and inspiring! I’ve made some truly great friends through that group! :) I would love to win so that I could join some of them at the race!

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43 Laura August 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

That looks like a really fun race, but I am struggling to get to a 5k.. let alone a marathon! lol

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44 Jenny Padilla August 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I have many running inspirations, one of them being YOU! I love reading healthy living /running blogs… Average girls doing awesome things. I got into triathlon this year and have never run a half marathon before. This one sounds like its very beginer friendly and I would love the opportunity to try it out.

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45 Kim August 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

My running inspiration is a friend of the family named Ed. He had been a distance runner for most of his life. He ran through most of his adult life including marathons such as New York, Boston, Chicago, etc. when he was in his 30s he was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to run through his cancer, even running a marathon while on chemo. He successfully beat cancer a few years later and was in the hospital for a routine surgery. The IV that was put in him caused a blood clot that blocked the flow of blood to his eyes. He lost complete vision instantly. This could have been something that destroyed him as every runner knows that sight is everything. Instead of being defeated he rose above his disability and began to run tethered to a bike that his wife would ride around the neighborhood. I have the privilege to run tethered with him when I make trips to Florida. He is such an inspiration to never give up no matter the circumstances and that running is therapy in every form. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Boston marathon or a run around the block, it keeps us going! I would love to do this race in his honor!

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46 Meghann August 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Kim: CONGRATS!! You are the winner of the Women’s Half Marathon St. Petersburg Giveaway. Please send an email with your information to mealsandmiles@gmail.com

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47 Faith @ For the Health of It August 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I’d love to race! My biggest running inspiration is my roommate. She’s a regular girl who has a regular job and regular hobbies, but still manages to train like a BEAST. She just finished a 35 miler earlier this year, with a pace that’s faster than my 5k pace. What a champ!

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48 Erica August 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

My running inspiration is my best friend since childhood. She is one of the only people who can motivate me to wake up at 5:30am on a Saturday in order to get a long run in before it gets too hot and she always does it with a smile on her face.

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49 Tracey August 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my brother. He only recently started running but has already made very ambitious goals and is sticking to them. Even though it’s not coming as easy to him as other things (biking) his determination keeps me going.

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50 Chanette August 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

My running inspiration is my husband. No matter what I do, he supports me 100% and is my biggest cheerleader!

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51 Jordan W. August 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

My dad, hands down.

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52 Michelle Miller August 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

My inspiration is all the older people or disabled people I see in rehab in the fitness center who have had strokes or other accidents and can’t move well. It is our place to use our body and move while we can and do it for those that can’t. Enjoy your body and embrace it before something happens and you can’t!

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53 Allie August 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Oh my goodness, those overnight oats look like the most amazing breakfast ever! If I wasn’t trying Paleo out I would SOOOO make those tonight!

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54 Lauren Burke August 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm

My running inspiration is my best friend Kelsey. She is fearless and always pushes me to my limits. I recently ran my first half marathon with her and I can’t wait to run many more races with her.

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55 Amy August 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

My running Inspiration is me each time I go out for a run I want to become a better version of myself and always remember where i came from and where I want to go and live I. The moment where I am today. I am the only person who decides how far I want to push myself. I have to choose my own destiny and I do that every time I lace up.

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56 Lindsey August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

My running inspiration is you, Meghan! I discovered your blog in January 2011-I was recovering from a broken elbow and was bedridden, when I stumbled upon your blog. Your passion for running and pushing yourself truly inspired me-at the time I was depressed, in an awful relationship, and literally not able to move off of the couch for 3 months. Reading your blog really helped to motivate me that I could be a runner too. As soon as I healed, I started running and am proud to say that today I have ran 3 half marathons, lost about 40 pounds, am no longer depressed, and am a single 25 year old confident woman. If I would have never discovered your blog, I don’t think I would have been the runner I am today. Thank You.

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57 Erin August 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I’d have to say my sister- she is currently training for her first marathon and I really am in awe of how she is going on 18 mile runs in the awful summer heat- I always tend to cut back on running in the summer cause I can’t stand the humidity (which makes for an unfortunate time to gain a couple pounds)

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58 Julie Ramsey August 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

My biggest running inspirations are my children and my husband!
They are all interested in walking and running with me more and more, and I plan on them doing some with me in the future. They love that I run and have already gone to some runs with me to cheer me on and see me at the finish line. I really want my children to learn about setting goals for yourself and striving for your best to reach them, no matter what they are. They are excited about joining in! They are my biggest fans and inspirations!!

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59 Allie August 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

My biggest running inspiration is Ryan Hall. I love that he uses his career as a runner to talk about his Faith. Very awesome!

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60 Haley August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I love that about him too! I was sad to see his disappointment in the Olympics =(.

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61 Blair August 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

My biggest running inspiration is probably one of my best friends, Jessie. I don’t think I ever would’ve taken up running if it weren’t for her. We ran the Zooma Annapolis half marathon in June and it was our first race together. It was so fun and I can’t wait to run with her again!

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62 Heather August 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my husband. He inspired me to really start running and is always there for race support.

BTW…this race looks amazing.

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63 Haley August 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

My biggest running motivators are the people I see on mornings weekly at the local park who are running purely for their health – to get back in shape, to ward off the effects of aging, … no matter how slow or how poor their form is, they’re moving, staying active. AND, they’re always smiling and give nice greetings ;).

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64 Meghan August 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

After reading you for over a year now, I am now obsessed with over night oats! I love cold oatmeal! Maybe in the winter I’ll go back to hot oats in the am but for now its so refreshing to wake up, eat something so healthy, and have it stick with you all day!

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65 Marty August 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

To be honest, I don’t have a person I consider a running inspiration. I guess I don’t know too many who do it as their exercise of choice…they all think I’m weird for waking up at an ungodly hour for a run. I’m kinda just inspired by anyone that gets out there and runs and pushes themselves. :)

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66 Julia C August 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I just moved to Central Florida so this race would be perfect for me! My biggest inspiration is my mother. She just started running for the first time in her life at age 58! She finished her first 5k this past spring, and has been continuing to enter races ever since. I am so proud of her and knowing how hard she works at running motivates me to get out the door and run each day.

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67 Robin August 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

My running inspiration are all the moms who stand on podiums at every race that inspire me that my running career has only begun.

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68 Em August 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my trainer (who also has become one of my closest friends). She is absolutely unstoppable and has taught me to be that way as well. She pushes me every time we run together, and our friendship has developed over the many miles we have run together.

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69 Suzanne August 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

One of my friends from grad school. She started running after graduating from grad school and has gotten in such great shape from it. Now if I could just stick with it.

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70 Angela August 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my buddy Mandi. She convinced me to run my first 5k wither her 8 years ago. I haven’t stopped since!

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71 Susan August 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

My running inspiration is one of my coworkers. She pushes herself with running and swimming everyday and even completed here first full marathon this past January. I have been so motivated by her to push through half marathons and then who knows what’s next…

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72 Tracy August 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my friend Megan. She convinced me to start running about 2 years ago. She had never been active, never an athlete and just one day decided to run a half marathon. I, on the other hand, have always been active but as I became an adult settled into the 9-5 job and stopped caring about my health. Now I make sure to do both. I’ve run 1 half already and am signed up to do 4 more before the end of the year.. why not make it five? I can’t wait!

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73 Megan August 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my college roommate! She consistently trained and did well in marathons despite some crazy weekends in college :)

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74 Lindsey August 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my cousin- she runs ultra marathons regularly, and has inspired me to also ‘go the distance’. It seems we both go big or go home :)

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75 Sarah August 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

My biggest running inspirations are Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher. Those ladies are amazing!

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76 Andi August 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

My running inspiration isn’t infect another person but myself or my “ego”. I remember all he time sI used to say “I cant, I cant”, would run half a block and laugh if off. the day I ran 26.2 miles I proved this wrong. I LOVE to run. Everyday I am able to remind myself how important it is to overcome the stories you tell yourself!

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77 Kathy R. August 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I am hoping I do not have to leave just one person as my inspiration because I have several people that inspire me for several reasons. There is my neighbor who has been running since her early college years (and for fear she may read this post I will not mention how many years – last just say she is in her forties). She has run with the same attitude she has inspired in me. That at the end of the day the miles are the same regardless of how fast or slow you ran. Enjoy yourself, if you hate or dread it chances are you will not continue doing it. Stop and smell the roses – we literally stop for every baby and dog on the route. We have been running the St. Pete half since inception and will continue to do so. Other friends inspire me from the BFF who ran the 2010 half with me despite all the obstacles she struggles with in her daily life and is planning to run 2012 to another friend that truly shows me that you can get stronger and faster one day at a time by encouraging me week after week during all 12 months out of the year. To my running peeps that believe that if you can believe it then you can achieve it. I have a wonderful support system and I’m so fortunate and grateful.

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78 tara August 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

My biggest inspiration is my friend Katie – even after being a mom to twins she can still kick my butt!

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79 Danielle August 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Absolutely my mom! We keep each other updated every day about our runs/workouts. Not only is she my best friend, but she is SUPER fast – like faster than me BQ at age 49 fast! I would love to win and then be ble to convince my mom we need a weekend away for a race – especially an all women race that falls during my 25th birthday week!

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80 Meghan August 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

My biggest running inspiration is an old high school friend who has beat cancer at the age of 27. She has been running to raise money for First Descents a really cool organization.

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81 Amy August 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

My inspiration is Lopez Lomong. He has run in the last two Olympics and has an awesome story. He has a new book out, running for my life, check it out. It’s an awesome story.

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82 beachgirlrunning August 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I LOVE that medal! What an awesome idea. My running inspiration is the runner I know I can be. The one that lingers inside – I’ve seen glimpses of her. She is so ready to bust out if I just give her enough time, patience, persistence, REST and opportunity. I know there is a great runner inside me – I can’t wait to meet her!

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83 Laura M. August 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My biggest inspiration is my mother – she isn’t just my inspiration for running, but for all things in life. She passed away just before I turned 15, and it hasn’t been easy growing into an adult without her. However, I have drawn strength from my experiences and I carry the knowledge that she instilled in me those nearly 15 years she was on this Earth. Everytime I want to give up or think I cannot do something, I hear my mother’s voice. She worked so hard as a single mother to raise three children and our home was always so full of love and laughter. When I go for a run, it’s just me and my thoughts and I often let my mind wander to cherished memories of my mother. I know by giving my all in everything I do, I am making her proud. I ran track in middle school and freshman year of high school – when she passed away, I became depressed and gave it up. I never thought I would find my passion for running again…but I did one day about 6 years ago…and now I couldn’t imagine my life without it. :)

On a side note, I ran the Women’s half last year – and it was a beautiful course and I loved the medal! I was injured the year before so I could not run even though I’d registered. I’d love to run this race again!

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84 Macrae August 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My elementary school PE coach. I loved and respected this man from 1st to 5th grade. In high school I had the opportunity to run Cross Country and he was the coach. By this time he was like a second dad to me. His motivation, love, caring demeanor, and inspirational attitude made me work my hardest and dedicate all I had to races, practice, and the love of running. Still today (at 28 yrs old) his voice keeps me going :)

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85 Anna R August 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Ashton Eaton! Such an incredible athlete.

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86 kimberly s August 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

my biggest running inspiration is actually my exboyfriend (haha). he’s really into triathlons so I started running so we’d have races to do over the weekends. but now that he’s a *cough*exboyfriend he gives me the motivation to push myself as much as I can so my finish times are better than his:)

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87 Kellie I August 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

My biggest inspiration is my friend Adrianne. We both started running together in January and haven’t looked back since. She gets me excited about running. We have done two races together and keep talking and signing up for more together! We laugh and push each other to finish with our best times. It would be fun to do our first half marathon together!

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88 Flavia August 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

My running inspiration is you!!. i’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and you are amazing… I’m trying to get back in shape and back into running since I had a baby and to motivate myself I read your blog every single day…
Thank you!

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89 Laura August 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

My biggest running inspiration is all those who would give anything to be able be in my place, running.

One of my favorite quotes, ” I run because I can. When I get tired I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted. And I run harder for them, I know they would do the same for me”

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90 Lauren August 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my niece, Hannah! She’s 16 and trying to catch up to her is a huge motivator for me!

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91 Leslie August 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

My bestie Mary – she runs Half Marathons at 7:30 pace, she is CRAY CRAY but super inspiring :)

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92 Lauren Rice August 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My running inspirations are my friends Jenn and Laura. We’re like a running trio and we are signed up to run the Disney Marathon in January together. They both always tell me that they think they hold me back and I could be faster without them, but the truth is wouldn’t even be running at all if it weren’t for the two of them!

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93 Kim August 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my best friend Kellie. She’s a former dancer who blew a knee out in high school and thought she could never do cardio again. Over the past 3 years, we’ve gone through all of our running “firsts” together, including our first 5K (Corporate 5K), our first time running an entire 5K (OUC 5K), and our first half marathon (Disney Princess). Now we’re signed up for the full Disney Marathon in January as a way to commemorate all our hard work. Our Saturday morning long runs on the Cady Way & West Orange Trails are the highlight of my week, and the icing on the cake is that she’s dropped 40 pounds (with a full time job & active social life). Every day she inspires me to keep pushing myself & keep running, even in the Orlando afternoon thunderstorms :-)

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94 Elizabeth August 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my Fiance. He just started running, and we love doing it together! He is in ZONE:) right now so he is very passionate, and this passion has made me enjoy running all over again. !

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95 Alyssa M August 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm

My biggest running inspiration is actually all the bloggers I follow (including you!) I stumbled upon running while I was on my weight loss journey and didn’t have many close friends or family who ran so I turned to the online blogs to find inspiration, tips, and ideas for new races to run. Seeing all these strong women complete multiple marathons, half marathons, and the quick times they finish in motivate me to keep going so I can get faster!

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96 Jennifer August 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

May sound cheesy…or conceited, but I am my biggest running inspiration. I do it for myself and get inspired by how far I can go; how fast I can go; how quickly I can recover. There was a time I HATED running! It hurt to run as I couldn’t figure out how to breathe! One day it all clicked and now running is one of my favorite ways to unwind. IN the past 2 and a half years, I have become a wife; a mother and now am a mother of 2 (21 months and 6 weeks). I love how running feels; I love what it does for me both physically and mentally. I can’t wait to hit the pavement and am looking forward to getting back into the groove of running!

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97 jennifer August 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my husband!! He always pushes me to do more than i think i am capable of doing. He is a amazing coach!

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98 Jessica Cooper August 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my friend, Jess. She, like me, never used to be a runner. Her whole family is freakishly fast in all races, triathlons, you name it. She began to run and is the odd man out in her family because she is slower, and LOVES it! She once told me, “you either have to want to run fast or go long, you can’t do both, there must be balance. And I really value the balance that I have found in racing.” Since she started running she has done half ironmans, ultras, and recently lost all of her baby weight in record time! She is amazing.

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99 Brittany August 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Mine is a great friend that has much more running experience than me. She’s so much better than me but will still offer to run with me, help me plan out my runs and encourage me!

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100 Monica Miranda August 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

My biggest inspiration is my future baby. My husband and I are doing invitro in January when he returns from deployment and I wanted to accomplish this goal before I ger pregnant. I ran the 5k last year with my sister and promised myself I will run the half marathon this year. I am still training but I am very excited for race day :)

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101 Laura August 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my younger sister. She and I competed against each other as team mates in high school and then together in college.

When we were first teammates in high school we competed against one another–always trying to our train and out race one another. She followed my foot steps and attended the same college as me where we once again were teammates. This time around it was different. We worked together as sisters, friends and teammates to push one another out the door during summer training into the gym for lifting and swimming sessions and through grueling track workouts. Instead of being my competition she became my supporter and training partner.

During my senior (and her sophomore) year I was having my best season yet and she was struggling through a series of injuries including a stress fracture. She never gave up training-just refocused and switched her running mileage into laps in the pool or miles on the bike. Even though she put her training time in away from practice she never stopped being a supporter of myself and our team.

While she still isn’t able to train like we did for those few years in college together, she is always open to trying new workouts (and still bikes with me from time to time). Her selflessness during her injuries inspires me to be a friendly competitor–to expect the best of myself but to have fun and support those around me. This lesson is important because the best part of running is how social and uplifting of a sport it can be, often we forget this when we’re so used to competing and working only to make it to the next level and set new PRs.

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102 Heather Martin August 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm

My biggest running inspiration are the children, moms, dads, and families affected by illness and pain. I run in honor of them and for their determination to fight and heal.

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103 AmyD August 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

My biggest running inspiration isn’t one person, but a collective – my women’s trail running group, WOOT (Women On Okinawa Trails). When I was living overseas this amazing group of ladies helped me feel not so lost. We had a wide range of speeds and I’ve never been around another group of women as supportive as these. I love my WOOT ladies. Thanks for the opportunity.

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104 Kristin August 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

My sister is my biggest running inspiration – she started running a few years ago and has done so much training, so many races, and never makes excuses.

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105 Anna August 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

My greatest inspiration is my mother. I’m adopted, and I feel so blessed to have such an amazing woman parenting and mentoring me. She’s almost 70 now, and still power walks at least three miles a day. What a pro!

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106 Cindy August 15, 2012 at 6:30 am

Love this race!! I did it last year and plan to register this year too.

My running inspiration….either my dad or my sister. Dad has been running forever, and we ran our first marathon together. But my sister and I have been running twice a week together for a while. Its great to catch up, get parenting advice and just chit chat in general without kids interrupting. But she is faster than me so I am always trying to keep up. One day….

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107 Ashlee August 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

My biggest running inspiration is Kara Goucher. Love her so much! My daily/weekly inspirations are the doctors I work with. I like to have a little competition with them. :)

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108 Erin August 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

My running inspiration would be my sister too. She is a basketball player and the track coach asked her to fill in on a relay one time. Well, she won state! She is dedicated to all that she puts her mind towards and is a great motivator and supporter of my trials and triumphs as well.

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109 Hannah August 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

Man thats a tough one! Kara Groucher always inspires me, but I get the biggest inspiration from the “average” runner. The people who never thought they could do it, but did. Those are the people that make me lace up my shoes again.

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110 Megan August 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

My biggest running inspiration is a sorority sister of mine. She just started running last December, has done numerous 5Ks where she regularly breaks her own PRs, has done her first 10K and is en route to her first half marathon with me at Disney in November! She has had rough days, certainly, but has never given up and made such progress. I’m proud to know her, and proud of the work she’s done!

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111 Megan August 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

My running inspiration is my best friend Keri. She started running to get into shape a few years ago and has now completed a half marathon, two triathalons and told me this morning she wants to run this race with me in November! So excited :)

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112 Jessica August 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

My running inspiration is definitely my mom. Even though she doesn’t run she was the one the motivated me to get out there. :)

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113 Megan in Womderland August 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I would love to run the St. Pete half. My biggest running inspiration is my friend Andrea. She was my first contact at Team in Training. Recently, she completed the Ironman Lake Placid. I am so honored to call her my friend!

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114 Brooke Marshall August 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my two young children. They already support me, even at such a young age. My oldest, who is 3, loves to cheer me on everytime I go for a run or race. He says, “Mom run fast, get sweaty!”. I hope I can inspire my kids to run or find love in any athletics.

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115 Aubrey August 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

My friend Casey is my running inspiration. I have had a “love/hate” relationship with running since i love it but tend to get overambitious and hurt myself. He’s heard about these cycles and always encourages me to keep it up and set a smart pace (applies to so much more than running!). He doesn’t run but we see each other @ the gym and I made the “mistake” of telling him a half marathon was on my bucket list. Now I have to do one. Love your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

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116 Lauren August 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

My biggest running inspiration is my husband. A little cheesy I know, but he has always been a runner, and a pretty good, and it motivated me to finally give it a shot, and found my new love. I ran my first half marathon this past January and can not wait to do another! The St Pete one sounds like a lot of fun!

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117 Amy Barry August 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

All running moms are my inspiration. I know if they can do it, so can I.

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118 Amanda Tinney August 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

The back of the pack runners are my biggest inspiration. They were the runners who inspired me to go for my 1st half marathon when I voluntEARed at the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and hung finishers medals around their necks

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119 Kate August 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I was already several months into training for this, my first half-marathon, but watching the Olympics has been a real inspiration! I am in awe of the goals that athletes can achieve with hard work and perseverance. I am training with the FAB 50 group of women in Largo every Saturday morning. They have taught me how to be accountable to my team, and tenacious in my training. All I have to do is cross the finish line. And I WILL!

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