It has been a long time since I have written, this semester has been one that has beat me up a bit with school but I will graduate in 22 days!!! I feel like I have been working on this forever and it is finally here. The first part of my journey is done. I am very excited to finish take the summer off and enjoy training and racing before I start my next step of my journey at NIU in the fall. I am battling the allergies and everything that comes with them again….I am being smarter than I have in the past, not pushing myself when I am sick, letting my body heal. If you know me well, you know I am a never give up keep going until I drop kinda chick….well I am trying to be a listen to your body and rest when you are sick so you can fight it off rather than keep getting sick over and over again kind of chick. So training has been on the back burner for a bit trying to let my body get right. I do know I need to start my allergy routine for spring/summer sooner….. lol hopefully avoid this next year. I have learned that keeping up the fight to reach your goals can mean different things. sometimes it is listening to your body rather than pushing through. I have my first 5k of the year on Sunday, I most likely will walk, my lungs are still tender from being sick, and I will just enjoy the time with friends that are doing it and enjoy their company rather than beat myself up for not being able to run the way I want to. That has been a lesson I have had to learn, that I can’t always beat myself up mentally when things don’t go how I want them to. I have learned that life happens and if I keep up the negative, I will drag myself down even further, so I am trying to embrace whatever life throws my way and go with it. So while my fight to reach my goals may not always be the picture I have in my head, I am doing my best to remember the journey is never a straight line, there will be highs and lows, and that is what makes getting there worth it.