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OMG, I'm running the Boston Marathon tomorrow!

The title of this post says it all. My excitement is VERY real and I am looking forward to testing the strength I’ve built since the NYC Marathon, in November.

5 months of intense training are behind me and the only thing I can do is trust that the work is done and my body will do what it is capable of tomorrow.

I am feeling READY!

My heart is exploding with the amount of support I have been receiving leading into Boston and I am ready to make everyone, including myself, proud!

My goals you ask? Well there are many of them…

HAVE FUN & TAKE IN THE ENERGY!

I need to enjoy this journey in order to continue the larger journey. I know this is only the beginning of my running journey, and for that, having fun is extremely important to me. I’ve heard the energy at the Boston Marathon is like no other, so I am looking forward to soaking in the excitement of this race!

RUN SMART.

I am the “go out of the gate fast” type of runner, which could be problematic as I approach the hills around Mile 16. Knowing this, I plan to follow my coaches guidance and properly pace myself through Mile 21, then the rest of the race, I plan to empty the tank!

EMBRACE FEAR & DOUBT.

Yes, I welcome “fear & doubt” to the party as soon as it arrives. I know that I am going to hit hard spots during this marathon, which is where I will use my mantras to get me through. STRONG, STRONGER, STRONGEST, BABY!

GET A NEW SHINY PR!

Wait, Emily, isn’t this goal #1? While it might be on my mind the whole time, this is one that will come if I focus on the 3 goals above.

As many of you know, I am running this marathon with AKTIV Against Cancer, fundraising to help bring physical activity into cancer research centers. I am proud to announce that I have raised almost $13,000 while training, which has put a lot of meaning behind my miles. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated to this cause. I am grateful for my friends, family and athletes that support my crazy dreams to change the world one day at a time!

OK, I AM GETTING WAY TOO EXCITED TO BE ON MY COMPUTER!

Next time you hear from me, I will be a BOSTON MARATHONER.