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I'm new here to Spark People but not to running. Several years ago, I lived on a LONG deserted stretch of road that was just windy and hilly (not too steep) enough that 1 day I ran it. I continued running that stretch of road daily with hopes of one day running a marathon.

My cousin (with ALL his positivity and supportiveness) told me I'd never do it because marathon runners train for years and I was too old (I was 32). I got pregnant soon after and had too quit because it was actually hurting me.

Fast forward 3 years and I still have that flicker of hope in me to run a marathon. I ran a 5K last month and plan to run a few more and a few half's. Then I got a phone call from said cousin and it brought back to me the negativity he has that made me doubt my abilities.

I am currently on week 1 of Hal Higdon's Novice Marathon Training Program and plan on running the William's Route 66 FULL marathon in 2011. I feel it's only fitting since that was also my first 5K, let's make it my first marathon as well.

People ask why I run. I say, "If you have to ask, you will never understand". It is something only those select few know. Those who put themselves through pain, but know, deep down, how good it really feels. --Erin Leonard, athlete

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