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I had heard motherhood changes you, but I never fully understood that saying until I had our little  babe. Having a baby definitely changed not only my perspectives, hopes and dreams, but having a baby girl has motivated me more than I ever thought was imaginable.

Growing up there was so many things my parents helped me become. Their hard work, dedication to our family, and belief in my sister and I that we could do anything and everything we wanted are things I hope Poppy sees in and gets from Patrick and me.

My parents never put restrictions on us, and having two girls and no boys my dad always treated and raised us as equals. He took us camping, hiking through the mountains, and rock climbing to name a few- he didn't in the least bit raise us to believe that because we were girls that we were supposed to 'stay clean and pretty'. Because I promise you, we did neither. The little girl who used to hunt for worms on the playground, and hike through the Shenandoah Mountains before the age of 7 now hopes my daughter does the same things, and experiences all the things I did growing up. I want her to know that she can do anything, and everything. That she can hike to the top of mountains, catch fish and hermit crabs in the ocean, and run the longest marathon if it's something she desires.


I know that I was confident in myself because of the confidence I saw, and received, from my parents. They not only did they show us how to do big, challenging things.

I hope I can do that for Poppy.

So, I have decided to run a half marathon and signed up for the Humana Rock n' Roll Half in Chicago on July 22! Running a half marathon has always been something I've wanted to do but something I've always been too lazy about pursuing. I want to show her that she can do hard things. Things she doesn't think she can do. Because honestly, I know training and running a half marathon will be one of the hardest things I'll ever train to do. I want to do it to prove to myself that I can with a lot of hard work, challenging days, and dedication do it.

Oh, guys. I would be lying if I told you I wasn't absolutely terrified for the training I have ahead. I know it will be so hard, physically and mentally, but I am excited. I know the hardest part is starting. This past weekend I started my base training, 3 miles at a time. My best friend runs marathons and half marathons and told me that for the first few weeks before you start extending your runs you should be able to consistently run three miles at a time. So, that is where I'm starting!

In the next two weeks I'll be finding the perfect running plan for adding in the longer runs. There are so many helpful plans for training for marathons which has been so helpful but overwhelming because there are so many opinions. I am hoping to take a few of the ones I like and make my own, unless I find one I really like! As soon as I decide upon one I'll be sure to share it!

Throughout the next few months I will be documenting my runs, favorite running gear, and any tips and tricks I find helpful for my training.

Has being a parent motivated you into doing something you've always wanted but have been too scared to try?

Have you ran a half marathon? If so, share your tricks and tips in the comments below!