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"You really love something? To show up is to put yourself out there, to accept vulnerability and choose courage. Some days can feel like magic. As runners, all we do in training and racing is to prepare for those great moments, to help them come more frequently, and so they are ours to embrace when they happen".

2014 season recap: CIM, positive mind & bottomless coffee

Here it is. End of the best yet racing season. It has been a wild journey: long runs, short runs, good runs, bad runs, rainy runs, hot runs, cold runs, muddy trails, pool-runs, 24 milers, dog-runs, speed workouts, tempo runs, great days, 9-minute days, PRs and tears from joy after crossing the finish lines!

What an amazing feeling it is knowing that you’ve done your very best! And now with my last marathon behind me, I'm looking forward to holiday festivities filled with Christmas music, family, hot cocoa and ZERO running for at least a week!

The 2014 training/racing season was truly amazing and taught me so much. I’ve learned how to be patient, believe in myself but set realistic goals, trust God no matter what and not to replace my meals with a bar of milk chocolate!

California International Marathon was a humbling, but still an incredible race experience. Even though I didn’t feel my best from the start, I learned how not to let negative thoughts settle in my head. When my legs started giving up on me, all I could do was pray and ask God for strength.

“Be strong and courageous. God will not leave you or forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:6.

After getting the “A” standard on the rolling Sacramento course I feel so full of hope and extremely enthusiastic to keep running, keep improving!

Thanks to my wonderful husband/coach, it has been a very successful and joyful season of lots of miles, 4:30 am’s and travelling. I couldn’t ask for more.  I love my lifestyle, because for me running it is not just about winning or losing, but it's about truly enjoying every part of what I do on a daily basis. Even though I know I am still far from reaching my full potential, I'm not setting limits, and I’m grateful for God's provisions and the many opportunities given me.  So with this year's marathon racing behind me, I’m ready to vault into the 2015 spring season with positive pants on!

Huge thanks to my sponsors: Hawaiian Ola, Bioastin and Lanikai Juice for their generosity and support!