Most runners want to improve their running pace. I agree that this is a goal of mine as well, to improve my pace. I however have been struggling with this as my GI and health issues have greatly impacted my training this year. I have struggled with being ashamed and embarrassed of my GI issues for years and as a runner I now struggle with being ashamed of my pace. I understand that yes, I am at least out there hitting the pavement. While all that might be true I greatly want to embrace and unleash my inner gazelle and be one of those “fast runners.” I am learning to accept my GI issues for what they are and with time I know that my stomach will settle itself down. I am taking all the proper courses of action toward the road of recovery, which will help my pace tremendously. I have changed my diet completely, I think that I am allowed to eat 12 items, I am not joking. I have been keeping a food journal for 13 days and have been able to stick to my dietary plan. I have previously completed a half marathon in under 2 hours and 40 minutes before and I know that one day I will be there again. I have 190 days until The Disneyland Half, which is the last race of my challenge, to focus on improving my pace. From now until The Disneyland Half every run that I complete is a victory and I need to accept myself for who I am and what I am capable of. In life you need to pull yourself up by the bootstraps or in my case my running shoe laces and keep on going and that is exactly what I am going to do. Look out Labor Day 2012 I am crossing that finish line in under 2 hours and 30 minutes!