Allow me to introduce Post-Marathon Patricia

November 13, 2011

First of all, please know that I am so, so sorry this is being written over 2 weeks after the event has passed.  Ever since the Monday after the race, my job has been moving 100 miles per hour. 

Second, I completed the marathon and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.  That may seem like an over exaggeration but it’s true.  Let me start by saying that while the actual marathon was difficult (I started out way too fast for the first 13 miles and ended up walking about 1 mile toward the end), I was thrilled to be able to complete the full 26.2 miles and not asking to see a doctor upon crossing the finish line.  I have joined a new group of people who have completed a marathon and that’s pretty cool for me. 

But to be honest, I did not do anything super extraordinary after that.  I went home, rested and then got back into the routine of life.  It wasn’t until 3 days or so after the race when I realized that something was different inside me.  I truly believe now that I can do anything I want to and that life is too short not to do things that will enrich my life in fun and exciting different ways.  This new confidence that I’ve never really had is in me – really in me.  In me so much that no one can convince me otherwise. 

I don’t know if I can say that the act of completing a marathon is what changed me.  Essentially, I still feel like I am the same person.  However, I can say that pursing a dream and then accomplishing it gave me a different perspective that, over time will change me into a better person. 

We’ve already established that I’m an introvert.  So when Tabitha got an email about a flash mob being planned and invited me to join in, the pre marathon Patricia would have said, “No thanks.  I’m not that kind of person.  I’ll just do something else that is more of what I do…like organize something or go somewhere to be alone and just sit quietly.”  But, post-marathon Patricia spoke up and said, “Sure, I’ll join in.  Is it okay that I don’t have any dance experience?  I probably won’t be very good but it will be fun to see how a flash mob is planned and then done.”  So that’s what I did.  Something that I probably would have not done, ever, I did it and had a good time!

And that, simply put, is what life is about.  Following your dreams and then allowing the hard work and accomplishment to give you tools that will enrich your life and to see things from a better perspective.  The dreams are great and they will allow you to enter into a different group of accomplished people, but the continued journey and opportunities to grow is what enriches us and gets us to an even better place in life.   The one where we reflect the kind of love, joy and peace that would make our Father and King say, “Well done, child of Mine.  Well, done.” 

To the Exciting Journey! - Patricia


It's Confirmed - I'm still crazy

October 26, 2011
My last entry was too long ago, when I did 16 miles - man, I was so proud of myself.  18 didn't go as well.  I hit "the wall."  If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry I'll explain.

The Wall - a term that could be used in any sport or topic in life to describe a time where you don't have the energy/knowledge/will power/motivation/experience/etc to move forward at the pace you were currently holding; most often you must stop and not move (literally) for a period of time before you...
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I'm a Running Mom

September 17, 2011

I’m writing this entry just a few hours after completing 16 miles.  Wow - 16 miles.  A few weeks ago I left you hoping to finish 14 miles and I have just completed 16.  Here is how I got there: 

A day or two before my 14 mile jog, Tabitha came up with the brilliant idea to do our mileage together.  She was supposed to do 7 miles (a distance she had never done before).  So, we decided that I would do the first half of my jog with her and then the last half by myself.  It was perfect for bot...

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Update on the Journey

August 29, 2011

Here are a few updates for you since it has been a while since my last post.  Also, since I like lists, here are they are in list format J


                I don’t think I have ever stated specifically what my goal is.  So, for the record, here you go:

To run/walk a full marathon (26.2 miles)

To finish without being too sore, to go about my normal life for several days afterward

To get into shape again

Strengthen my mind

To enrich my life with a new experience by achieving an...

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Confessions of an Introvert

July 26, 2011

I’m an introvert – I like spending quality time alone, all by myself.  It’s how I recharge and refocus.  So when Tabitha said she wanted to train with me for a half marathon, I was excited for her but concerned for me.  I had never really trained with anyone else in the past and I kind of enjoyed being alone.  I really wanted to support Tabitha so I said yes.

To give you some background: At this point, Tabitha’s and my family have been living together for about 3 months.  We knew eac...

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Waiting and Doing

July 22, 2011

For the past month or so I have been waiting for something to happen during my training; something cool or interesting, or just unique so that I would have something exciting to write about.  I’m a pretty stubborn person so as I have been “patiently” waiting these past 3 weeks I kept doing my runs and stretching, I went on a week-long family visiting tour around the Southeast of the US, and am taking (most of) the month off from work.

And what do I have to show for my “patience?”...

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June 28, 2011

Hi Guys!  Thanks for popping by.  I’ve never blogged before so this will be quite a new learning experience.  While I enjoy writing, I’m sure there will be a learning curve for posting my thoughts on the internet – thanks for your grace in advance J

Speaking of a new learning experience, the reason I was invited to join this blog is because I was getting tired of carrying the desire to do a full marathon in my heart and not doing anything about it.  I was thinking about it all the time...

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About Me

Patricia Smith Patricia is a wife to Brian, mother to Mary Ella and works part time as an administrative assistant. She has completed a half marathon and is ready for the challenge of running a full marathon this fall. Follow along as she pursues her dream, which less than 1% of Americans have ever experienced!



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