Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon 2011′

11-20-11 – Philadelphia Marathon! My second shot at the marathon distance! It was exactly one year since I ran my 1st marathon! I trained hard over the last year; racing in different distances and running many PR’s but still over 26.2 miles anything could happen and that is what scared me! I had high hopes that day; I was dreaming big! I wanted my 2nd BQ and I was going for it! This year the BQ qualifying standards changed and I now needed a sub 3:35 to qualify! I knew it would be tough, but I was going for it! I started with the 3:25 pacer; manged to stay with the group for quite some time before losing them. I felt AMAZING at the start, but as always I went out way too fast! I knew 3:25 what out at that point, but I knew I wanted that BQ and there was no way I was giving up on my dreams! I pushed through, I fueled with GU every 5 miles; I stopped at every water stop; gave it everything I had and guess what? This girl crossed the finish line in 3:34:03 earning herself her 2nd Boston Qualifying time in her second marathon! Never give up! You are so much stronger than you think and capable of so much more than you can imagine! That day; I proved just that to myself!