My journey to the half-marathon

(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.)

I am feeling much better. Yes, I did run the 8 miles - actually it was 8.4. Every little tenth counts these days. I continue to feel stronger and healthier every week. I had the chance to meet some people doing the Biggest Loser challenge in Plattsburgh and was inspired by their drive to make lifestyle changes. I sometimes feel this drive to be healthier is infectious. The more people you talk to, the more you realize there are a lot of people who want to make a difference in their lifestyle routines and habits. It truly does start small and work up.

I still have to go day by day - each day I eat well and exercise is an accomplishment for me. I do struggle with challenges of scheduling time to exercise but as long as I make the exercise a priority I win. I find if I put off the exercise I get irritable and disappointed with myself. I never thought exercising would make me happy but it truly does - it helps relieve stress and, most importantly, it helps me feel good about myself.

This weekend I am up to 9 miles, so we shall see how that goes. I am learning so much about myself and my limitations. My body is changing shape and that is encouraging. Maybe after all this is done and I get to my ideal weight, I could splurge on a shopping trip!

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