I WANTED TO START MY NEW BLOG MY SHARING OUR STORY:
SIT BACK & ENJOY.

I GUESS MY STORY BEGAN SEVERAL YEARS AGO. 
IT ALL STARTED WITH AN X-BOYFRIEND AND HIS DESIRE TO RUN A HALF-MARATHON, I DECIDED I WOULD JOIN HIM ALONG IN HIS TRAINING WITH ONE GOAL IN MIND: BEAT HIM. I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I DIDN'T JUST BEAT HIM.. I CRUSHED HIM.
LITTLE DID I KNOW:  ALONG THAT SAME COURSE MY FUTURE HUSBAND WAS RUNNING THAT DAY.

I WAS IN COLLEGE AND WORKING AT THE REC CENTER ON CAMPUS WHEN BRANDON CAME WALKING INTO MY LIFE (AGAIN) AND HE STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE RECENT RACE WE BOTH HAD JUST RAN. DATES, FIRST KISSES, I LOVE YOUS CAME FAST AND 6 MONTHS LATER WE WERE ENGAGED AND WITHIN THE YEAR WE WERE MARRIED.

JUST OVER A YEAR AFTER WE WERE MARRIED WE SAW TWO LITTLE BLUE LINES AND WE FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT. 9 MONTHS, NO EXERCISE, A LOT OF RETAINED WATER, AND 70LBS LATER ALIVIA NICOLE ARMSTRONG WAS BORN ON APRIL 4TH 2011. AFTER HER BIRTH I BECAME A WOMAN ON A MISSION. 

A MISSION TO GET MY BODY BACK.

I HAD SEVERAL GOALS AFTER ALIVIA'S BIRTH, MOST OF THEM REVOLVED AROUND WEIGHT LOSS AND GETTING BACK DOWN TO MY PRE-PREGNANCY WEIGHT. BUT I HAD ONE GOAL THAT SEEMED A LITTLE OUT OF REACH. MY GOAL WAS TO RUN A  MARATHON BEFORE ALIVIA TURNED ONE. 

I STARTED RUNNING 6 WEEKS AFTER WE BROUGHT ALIVIA HOME. I WAS NOT JUST A RUNNER ANYMORE, THAT DAY (MAY SEVENTEENTH 2011) I BECAME A MOTHER-RUNNER. PUSHING THE JOGGING STROLLER FOR THE FIRST TIME FELT LIKE TORTURE. THAT FIRST DAY I "RAN" A MINUTE-WALKED A MINUTE UNTIL I REACHED 2 MILES. THE HARD PART HAD JUST BEGAN...

I TRAINED AND COMPLETED MY FIRST MARATHON ON MARCH FOURTH, 2012. IT TOOK ME 4HOURS AND 38MINUTES TO POUND OUT THOSE 26.2 MILES. THAT DAY ALIVIA TURNED 11 MONTHS OLD, AND MY GOAL WAS ACCOMPLISHED. 

SHORTLY AFTER ALIVIA TURNED ONE, ON FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND BRANDON GOT A GIFT HE WILL NEVER FORGET--ANOTHER PREGNANCY TEST WITH TWO FAINT BLUE LINES. THIS TIME AROUND I WAS DETERMINED TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY FOR MY HEALTH AND FOR THE BABY GROWING IN MY BELLY. 

THAT DAY I  BECAME A KNOCKED^UP RUNNER. 

I RAN AND RAN AND RAN THROUGHOUT MY PREGNANCY. MY NORMAL PACE AT FIRST AND TOWARDS THE END IT BECAME MORE OF A QUICK WADDLE ON THE TREADMILL, BUT I RAN UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE OUR LITTLE CHAMP, GRAYSON SCOTT ARMSTRONG WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY TWENTIETH 2013 (11 DAYS LATE, I MIGHT ADD). 

RIGHT NOW I AM BACK ON A MISSION. MISSION TO GET MY BODY BACKX2 AND ON THE QUEST TO FINISH MY SECOND MARATHON BEFORE GMAN TURNS ONE. 

THIS LITTLE SPACE WILL CONTAIN STORIES OF FAITH, LOVE, FAMILY, RUNNING, AND OUR JOURNEY AS A FAMILY OF FOUR LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN IN OKLAHOMA.

PLEASE JOIN US. 
 


michelle hamilton
08/29/2013 8:39pm

I loved reading this!! Cant wait to read more!! :-)

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Megan
08/29/2013 8:53pm

Thanks for reading Michelle!!

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A beautiful story, and look what you got out of it.
08/30/2013 8:57am

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