i am strong.

When I was training for my marathon I was pushed mentally more than I've ever pushed myself before. I spent many miles in a mental war-- do I quit??  or keep pushing even though it hurts a little? I kept pushing. For me, running was 90% mental. Without realizing I started chanting "I am strong." with the rhythm of my breathing and gait pattern.

"I am strong." "I am strong." " I am strong."

Over and over again.

Mile after mile.

It's not a coincidence that I received this bracelet from Dave's cousin on Easter.

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I used this mantra during one of the most physically challenging feats of my life: marathon training.  And now I am taken back to that same mantra during one of the hardest emotional and mental challenges of my life.

I am strong.