The Realization of a Dream

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Saturday is a big day for me. It?s the culmination of an intense training process. It?s the day I (hopefully) see a dream become a reality.

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On Saturday, I will be running my first half marathon. I started to enjoy running about 4 years ago, but didn?t really get serious about it until a year ago. This time last year, I struggled to run 1 mile without stopping. On Saturday, I plan to run just over 13. I never thought I would be a distance runner, but the more I run, the more I love it.

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Throughout the last year, I?ve had the help of some awesome friends from ACC. Guys who got up early, sometimes even on Saturdays. Guys who ran through the cold of winter. Guys who ran in the rain and snow. Guys who pushed me when I wanted to give up. I feel truly blessed to have such good friends.

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My race starts at 7:30 on Saturday morning. I?m running in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon in Champaign. I?ll be running with my Dad, my brother and his wife, and 2 of my uncles. I don?t know about them, but I?m excited, nervous, anxious, and even a little scared. My goal is to finish in under 2 hours. I?ll post my time when I get the official results.

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Grace,
?Chris