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Marine Corps Marathon 2016!

Hi blog!

I am writing from my dad’s prius. He is driving us home from our marathon, which was very slow and hard. Of all the days in October, the earth picked today to be super very hot (it’s 80 degrees! RIP me!) This obviously made the second half of the marathon very hot and oppressive 🙁 we were moving slow but at least we were moving. In addition to this, I had 4 bathroom emergencies, which really slowed things down, and there was no pony like last year.

Here is the good news, though:

  1. I have completed three marathons in one year (Oct-Oct)
  2. My flag running skirt got a lot of love
  3. I got a high five from a dog
  4. I saw a lot of fun costumes (hot dog, hamburger, Chewbacca, and a million Wonder Womans!)
  5. I am strong and good
  6. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!!

I am proud of how I did and I am already looking forward to my next marathon, obviously!!

So many runners!
We r cute
The metal opens!!

I am supposed to drive back to school in two hours but I don’t really see that happening. I am hoping I can figure out how to leave tomorrow morning and still completely unpack and make it to class on time. We’ll see how that unfolds.

Here’s some other things I did this week:

  • declared my History minor
  • took a test in Chemistry lab, did a lab after, and still got home early!
  • attended a Life Sciences Fall Festivus and made a beautiful pumpkin named Harold
  • voted for President!!
  • went to the expo in National Harbor and bought lots of cute goodies
  • checked out the Clarksburg Premium Outlets and got a Dory tsum tsum and a Christmas candle 🙂
  • watched Finding Dory
  • successfully tapered!

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Before I forget: I saw 7 pro-Clinton signs at the marathon today, and 5 pro-Trump signs. I am glad that Clinton won in the end, but that is still 5 too many Trump signs–mostly held by women, too, which made it worse (why do you hate your kind?)

I am very tired so I am just going to do one life lesson:

Life Lesson: Just keep swimming


There are many moments in my life when I feel completely overwhelmed and do not know how to continue. I feel sad and stuck and as if I will be working, or sometimes running, indefinitely. This feeling passes, of course, but as long as it is present it feels like it will never leave me be. I am sad until I wake up one day and do not feel sad anymore. Sometimes I do not even realize the feeling is gone, but it is.

Basically, we all have a great track record with bad days. You have survived 100% of the worst days of your life. You are doing great. Every time I am sad I reflect on every other time I have been sad and remind myself that the feeling eventually, and quietly, evaporated. You just have to keep pushing through and putting in the work; you don’t want to be behind or late once you finally start feeling like yourself again. Keep on trucking and you will wake up one day and suddenly not be sad anymore. Unless, of course, you have diagnosed depression. Then, you should go to a doctor because it will not magically go away.

That’s all for this week!

Wish me luck on my mid-terms this week 🙂

Emily G.

Oooroo Becky!
Oooroo Becky!

UPDATE: more pictures!

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