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My Journey to the Half-marathon - Week 5

(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.)

So here I am week 5. I ran 6 miles slowly in the cold but I did it. I am starting to feel more and more determined to meet my goal. I may be slow, but I am getting there. I feel so much healthier just for taking the time to do something for myself. My diet of protein, carbohydrates and adequate fluids is becoming easier for me to handle and maintain. I find myself not missing my "snacks" that I used to think that I couldn't live without.

I still struggle with the juggling of time but I make it work - my husband has been great about helping out around the house and with our daughter so I can squeeze in work-out time.

I continue to lose a couple of pounds every week, so that has been exciting. People are actually starting to see a physical change in my shape. I am encouraged by my friends who are so supportive. A few of my colleagues are talking more and more about fitness and helping each other out.

As I reflect on where I have come from so far, the key to success is truly making yourself a priority and relying on that support system to get you moving when you don't feel like it. Hang in there it will come...

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