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My journey to the half-marathon

I am still on the right path to success. I continue to run three times per week and do cross-training the other couple of days per week.

I ran a new goal - I made it to 5 miles! I couldn't believe it. It was so amazing to get to 4 and now for me to be to 5 just seems unbelievable. I started running oen night when the weather was decent but ended the run in horrific winds and snow. I did have friends come and check on me to make sure I was okay - at that point I was so determined to finish. There was no turning back.

My new habits of diet and exercise are settling in and getting easier to maintain. Setting the time for the exercise is key for me so that I don't have a chance to put it off.

It is so exciting for me as I have had so many people come up to me and say "Hey are you the girl journaling in the paper?" When I say "Yes," they are so encouraging and supportive. It has been truly rewarding seeing some of my friends get back into exercise too.

For me the key is a strong support system - my family - is amazing. My husband, Ed, and my daughter, Abby, have been so encouraging. My daughter claims she is like "Jillian Michaels" and will help to keep me on track. They are already talking about watching me and cheering me on at the race.

At work I also have a core group of friends who are supportive and some are doing the race as well, so we have developed a team effort. Hopefully this will be what I need to accomplish my goal.

(Editors Note: Martha Breyette of Saranac is on a 14-week goal to get in shape to compete in the inaugural City of Plattsburgh Half Marathon, Sunday, April 18. Breyette will share her trials and tribulations in this newspaper through a weekly journal entry.)

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