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Dear First Time Marathoner and Half Marathoner

Whether it is your first full marathon or your 50th half marathon, know that we all question ourselves at the start line. Read this and know that YOU ARE CAPABLE. 

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Dear First Time Marathoner: A letter to read the night before your first full or half marathon race! http://suzlyfe.com/dear-first-time-marathoner-half-marathoner/

Dear Runner (whether you be embarking on your first marathon, half-marathon, or otherwise),

Tomorrow morning, you will wake up early, put body glide all over your body (at least, you should), don your carefully chosen race day outfit, find out that you have pinned through your shirt and have to repin your bib, check and double check your pockets, make last minute decisions that you will regret as soon as you leave the door, and, in short, you’ll be a bit of a blithering idiot.

Classic pre marathon face

Classic pre marathon face

You will force down your tried and true breakfast (hopefully… hint hint make sure that you have your tried and trusted food with you!), and debate if you actually have to go to the bathroom. Maybe you do… you think you do… but you aren’t going… Are you cold? Hot? Why is your heart rate going 97596596 a minute? What if you get out there and that tweaked hammy from the first week of training rears its ugly head? What if you don’t make the cutoff? What if you get “swept” and don’t earn your medal?

WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR FOOT RIGHT NOW? Are your shoes on too tight? Not tight enough? Are you eating too early? Too late?

But, regardless of what you are thinking, you will make your way to the runners’ village (aka the starting areas) likely way too early and will get in the bathroom lines for the first time. You may or may not be successful. Next comes the standing around in the cold. You will either want to talk to everyone or no-one. It may be 45*, it may be 65*, but I promise you, it will feel like either 10* or 100*. 

I was Cold Meme

As you funnel into your corral, you will feel overwhelmed by the people. Where is your pacer? Should you start with a pacer? What if the pacer needs a pacer? Why are they taking so long to start? I am so cold! Why did I let myself get talked into this? I can’t feel my legs. But I can feel my feet. Is that normal?

There’s the anthem. What if I bonk? What if I go out too fast? Or not fast enough?  What if I have an embarrassing time?  Why don’t my legs work? 

Ok, here we go. Ok, here we go.

I know you will have these thoughts. I had the same ones before my first half marathon and full marathon. And guess what? 

calm down meme

I survived. 

Not only that, I had the freaking time of my life. Does that mean they were easy? Were those races perfect? Did I get a big bad BQ the first time out? 

NO. And I am glad, honestly. Why? Because, when it came down to it, I learned that qualitative goals are more important than any quantitative goal I could ever set. I learned that this wasn’t just a one-off thing. I learned that there was something bigger than me inside of me, and in a way that I hadn’t realized. 

breathe meme

Half- and full marathon training changed me, and each training has further cemented that transformation. You learn that you are not invincible, that the body is fragile, but you are capable of so much more than you ever really conceived. That you can live beyond expectation.

You learn that your body may fight you at times, but that you can embrace that fight and use it for your own purposes. My iliotibial band issues of 2 years ago, my hamstring issue last year, my foot issue this year–but I’ve learned so much from each set back, and come back stronger each time. 

This first time out, know what you are capable of, but be okay if you don’t hit it. As my mom once told me when we were picking out my first formal dress (an experience I was reminded of by all the pictures of teenage children going to homecoming that is going around at the moment!): that dress is incredible, but do you want to start out with a dress that lords over all of your future dresses? There is something to be said for starting with just shy of perfection–so that you can find improvement but be happy with where you started. 

Where I started.

Where I started.

If I had started with the perfect race, would I have learned to love every other race for being exactly what it was to me in that moment? 

The purpose of this letter is not to prepare you for the worst, to give you more thoughts to fret about, or to dissuade you from going after the big pie in the sky. Rather, it is to tell you to RELAX. You are the only person that can get in your way right now. You are the only person who is going to be dissatisfied with your results. And why on god’s green earth should you be? You are going to PR tomorrow, baby. As long as you cross that finish line, you are going to PR. 

I tell my trainees that the goal of their first outing should be to have a positive time. If that is a fast positive time, fantastic. If it is slower than they would have liked, fantastic. The goal of the first time you do something should be to be inspired to return and do it again. Because you might run the best damn race ever, but if you aren’t happy, if you have a terrible time, you aren’t going to come back. Get uncomfortable during your race and push yourself. But trauma and negative associations are very real.

This first race isn’t about learning what you are capable of, but rather about learning that you are capable. 

Remember that. Every time that doubt creeps in, those questions (and other things) rise up or rumble in your stomach: 

I. Am. Capable.

I. Am. Capable.

Also, I will do dynamic stretches and get my glutes reactivated.

The training makes the man/woman. So put on those big person panties and get ‘er done. Take the first step.

I am already proud of you.

So much love, and wishing you happy feet, legs, and stomachs,

Coach Suz

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86 Comments

  • Reply Annmarie

    Spot freaking on, Suz!
    Annmarie recently posted…DVRT: Sometimes Size Has Nothing To Do With StrengthMy Profile

    October 6, 2015 at 5:29 am
  • Reply heather

    Such a great post. It felt like you were inside my head, please get out (there are enough people in there lol). It is amazing how runners pretty much think alike. I have each and every one of these thoughts.
    bakingrunner.blogspot.com

    October 6, 2015 at 5:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahaha Ok ok, but it is so much fun in there!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    This is so true lady! when I think back to my first race, it was truly about having a good time. The experience. I learned to appreciate my body and what I never believed it was capable of doing. It was also my baseline and allowed me to progress from that starting point.
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    October 6, 2015 at 6:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Precisely. These races and the training teach us so much about ourselves. And they really are just the start!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    So many thoughts and emotions happen on race day and the night before! I know I’m totally going to go through a lot of emotions on the 18th (my half) and I’m just pumped to pace the 10k this weekend!
    Great post!
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    October 6, 2015 at 6:56 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    This is my 3rd time running this beast, and I found your advice to be perfect. First time or not, I still get the jitters!!
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    October 6, 2015 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I get them right before. I will be totally fine, until the week of/a few days before. Thus where I am now!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    “You are the only person that can get in your way right now.” <– This is so true. I remember my first (19 years ago!!!) and I felt all those thongs. I was lucky I was with my husband (future husband at the time), to help me maneuver through all the barricades, both literal and figurative.
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    October 6, 2015 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that you all were able to share that–talk about a true display of the strength of a relationship!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Brittney

    Great post! Just what I needed before Chicago on Sunday. I think we get so caught up in quantitative goals because they are much easier to measure, but the qualitative aspects are just as important!

    October 6, 2015 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that it helps! Get it girl!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    Love this. And you. And our conversation this morning. Posts like this are keeping those taper crazies at bay.
    Sarah @pickyrunner recently posted…Taper WeekendMy Profile

    October 6, 2015 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m always here. Phone, blog, or carrier pigeon.

      October 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Ha! I’m not even racing any time soon and this totally spiked my anxiety. Haha! Great post πŸ™‚
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    October 6, 2015 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha it was meant to–hopefully it soothed you by the end!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    This makes me sooo happy! You have such a gift of making runners feel included, special and inspired! I can see why you are coaching!! Great stuff πŸ™‚
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    October 6, 2015 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Julie! That simply means the world to me!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I could feel your energy in this post. You have such a gift for coaching! All of your points here are so true and I hope everyone who is running their first race this weekend takes each point to heart.
    Suzy recently posted…Anxiety: Part Five of a ZillionMy Profile

    October 6, 2015 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, my dear. I hope they do, too!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    So many great pieces of advice here! The relax bit is so important: both in running and in other goals, it’s far too easy to get in our own way. And a positive experience is always more qualitative than quantitative, at the end of the day.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…2015 Portland Marathon Race RecapMy Profile

    October 6, 2015 at 8:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is all about the positive perspective. I’m glad that you finished with a positive outlook!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    For those of you running the Chicago race this Sunday, I will be there, too!!
    Not as a racing participant but as a “cheering” participant. You will have people all along the way who are cheering for you, trying to encourage you to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Listen to them! They sincerely mean it!
    You’ll have people cheering for YOU that you’ll never meet. As someone who has stood by the side of the road, I know that we all cheer for each others’ runners. If I’m standing (wedged) next to Bobby’s mom and dad, I’ll cheer for Bobby, too!
    My first half marathon (in 2009) was done as a walker. I came in 4th from the end, coming in with my walking buddy. I didn’t think about a PR, I just wanted to finish without keeling over……and I did it.
    When I crossed that finish line, my time, speed, etc, weren’t important. The most important thing at that moment in time was that I HAD DONE IT.
    I crossed the finish line. I had done something no one had that I could actually do–but I had known inside that I could do it–and I did it–for Susie.
    I trained with CCFA TeamChallenge, because my daughter had Crohns and I couldn’t make her all better–which mommies are supposed to do. So I walked 13.1 miles on a beautiful California morning for her. I didn’t need a PR, I had a reason deep inside of me to finish. Maybe one day Susie might be well enough to walk a race with me.
    So nine months after I’d suffered a bad fall with spinal fractures, pelvic fractures, a brain bleed and more bruising than I’d believed possible, I crossed a finish line for the first time.
    To this day, my throat tightens and my eyes water as I recall the pure joy of crossing that finish line for the very first time.
    You will feel it too–let yourself basque in the enjoyment of the moment!
    “and may the course be with you”

    Suzlyfe’s mommy, Clare

    October 6, 2015 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GET YOUR OWN BLOG ;D love you

      October 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        No, thank you—— you have one and I just borrow it once and a while!

        October 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Thank you for this. You’ve already told me these things but hearing them again and again make me feel so much better! I’m going to re-read this before Richmond, if I run Richmond.
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    October 6, 2015 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, keep working forward, and if you have to plan b it, plan b it. Just keep working πŸ˜€

      October 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    I have a half marathon this weekend, and although its not my first (or 10th) I still need to read this. I love the mantra of “I Am Capable”..I will try to remember that during my race. Thank you for posting this and reminding me of these lessons πŸ™‚
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    October 6, 2015 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always. Good luck!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Eric

    I wish I had read this before my last race! It was my second Half but I was shaking in my boots because of a variety of issues (including a terrible second degree burn on my foot). Ended up with a PR and a great race! Taper madness was really messing with me too. I’m bookmarking this one, and some of my coworkers are looking at their first HM so I’ll be sure to forward it to them.
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    October 6, 2015 at 10:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I just saw your post and the burns–you are brave for even heading out with that! I know the feeling of shaking in your boots–or, as Dr. Evil would say, “little space boots”–totally me before my first half and full marathons!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Runaway Bridal Planner

    Cute post idea! You had me smiling the entire time as this is stuff that still goes through you mind even if its not your first.
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    October 6, 2015 at 11:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it crazy how you never really “grow up”? We think we get better, but we really don’t!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    These are awesome tips. I hated my first half. I was miserable
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    October 6, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh no! That is terrible to hear!

      October 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Qualitative goals are so much more important! The training is the tough part. I am feeling so left out of race season this year. I don’t have any long races on my schedule yet bc I was so worried about hurting my foot again. Next year!
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    October 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that you were safe rather than sorry! That would have been terrible–to end up hurt again!

      October 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Kaella On The Run

    This makes me feel really excited but also nervous. I know the hard work is (almost) done (still need that last 20 miler) but then the hardest part will be just getting to the starting line. Thank you for writing this. It helps calm some of my nerves!! I may have to re-read it in a few weeks!!
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    October 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Re read it as much as you need to πŸ˜€

      October 7, 2015 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Great advice! The first marathon or half-marathon is definitely an exciting one. I have loved the process of training for races. Of course the actual event is exciting and important but it only lasts a few hours!
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    October 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Preach! To me, that is the victory lap–but it does feel so good to get that shiny thing at the end πŸ˜€

      October 7, 2015 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I love this! “You are capable”!
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    October 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I’m not running a race any time soon but I STILL feel like you were talking to me πŸ™‚ hehe. PS love the new header of your site!
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    October 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I’m trying to figure out what other changes I want to make πŸ˜€

      October 7, 2015 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    This is SO important for everyone to know! I only wish I had this post to read last October. <3
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    October 6, 2015 at 8:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish i had written it then!

      October 7, 2015 at 11:04 am
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    Yes! All of this. Heck, I’m running my 5th marathon soon and I’m still trying to get out of my own way…
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    October 6, 2015 at 10:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha. My crazy is setting in this week!

      October 7, 2015 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Michele

    Such a learning experience, this nailed it!
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    October 7, 2015 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Sam @ See Sam Run

    Love this! I think I feel this way during every half marathon!
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    October 7, 2015 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously, I don’t think it will ever change!

      October 7, 2015 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Jill

    This was cute! So many nerves for the first race but I think that’s what powered me and most others through! I was happy to finish but immediately wanted to do another one and do better! Great pep talk coach Suz!
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    October 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Baby fist pump! that is what is so great–you have to remember that there should be more!

      October 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    After watching my husband prepare, run, and recover from marathons I’m not sure it is on my list anymore but I’m always looking for more pros and cons to add to my list.
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    October 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha. Touche touche!

      October 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Yes yes yes! The first race is so nerve racking, but the point shouldn’t be to force yourself through the miles – it’s to enjoy the experience and cross that finish line knowing you’ve accomplishes something truly amazing. Second races are for the worrying ;-P
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    October 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahah you are SOOOOO helpful!

      October 8, 2015 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    My first race was a learning experience I ran a marathon before my first half marathon…stupid, but true. I was a complete mess by mile 19, but had a friend who ran the last few miles with me or should I say, she pulled me the last few miles. This a great letter–I can tell you are a very special coach. xo
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    October 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That would definitely be rough–to do the marathon before the half. You are a brave (or silly) woman!

      October 8, 2015 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Girl, LOVE the new look of the blog!! FYI your instagram slider on the bottom is HUGE. Wasn’t sure if you intended it to be that big or if my computer is just acting up on me….
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    October 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good to know! I am still figuring things out!

      October 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Jamaica King

    Sending you good vibes. You are capable and you will dominate Chi!
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    October 10, 2015 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you darling! I had such a great time!

      October 12, 2015 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Julia @ Lord Still Loves me

    I’ve always dreamed of one day accomplishing a marathon myself, but I have always sold myself short. Such an encouraging read! Thank you!
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    October 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You got this Julia! You won’t know what you are capable of if you don’t try, right?

      October 12, 2015 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Julie Wyngaert

    I started running 2 years ago, and just finished my first marathon 2 weeks ago. Not going to be disappointed with my finish time, I was just thrilled to finish upright and still able to run at the finish line. I had been so terrified before the start not knowing if I was capable of 26.2 even after completing 4 halfs last year. Your blog is so reassuring and encouraging. Thank you.

    January 23, 2016 at 12:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Congratulations, Julie! That is so incredibly exciting! I know just how you feel–I was TERRIFIED before my marathon! But isn’t it just the most unreal feeling when you are done? Will you do another?

      January 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm
      • Reply Julie Wyngaert

        when I was training for the marathon I said one and done. I now am saying maybe, but I would only do it if I had someone to run with who really wanted to run one. And it would have to be the right marathon. I know I could do better, but I wouldn’t do it just to improve my own time. But I think I would be persuaded to help a friend get through theirs if our paces matched. I ran solo and I know some people like that, but I wouldn’t want to do that again either.

        January 24, 2016 at 6:53 am
        • Reply suzlyfe

          That would be an amazing way to enrich your own and someone else’s life. Now, we just have find someone to convince ;D

          January 24, 2016 at 6:59 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Thank you. πŸ™‚

    January 27, 2016 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Scott

    Thank you coach Suz! I’m laying in bed the night before my first marathon with many thoughts “running” through my head. Looking through Pinterest for Marathon inspiration. Thanks for calming my nerves, doubts and reminding me what tomorrow is about. Logging off. Getting some rest and hopefully this time tomorrow will be a marathoner.

    February 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Scott, best of luck! Be sure to let me know how it goes! I’m so glad that you found my post πŸ˜€ Deep breaths, believe in yourself, and HAVE FUN. You are capable!

      February 14, 2016 at 6:46 am
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  • Reply Sara

    Thank you for that! I just ran my first half yesterday in Pittsburgh and You really put great words to exactly how i felt! …And yes, i want to do it all over again…. Next year πŸ˜‰ though! I can’t wait! Thanks for the push to keep going and to keep it all in perspective!
    SB

    May 2, 2016 at 5:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is awesome! So many congrats. You are at the start of a fantastic journey, and I am so glad to have been able to help!

      May 2, 2016 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Mariana

    Hi Suz! I came across your post and realized you posted this a year ago. Tomorrow’s the day of my very first half marathon and I just wanted to thank you for writing and posting this, it filled me with energy and love for tomorrow! Greetings from Colombia!

    July 30, 2016 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Mariana, how did the half marathon go? I hope it was awesome!

      July 31, 2016 at 4:33 pm
      • Reply Mariana

        It was awesome! I can proudly say that I finished it without walking and without even thinking about giving up. It was tough in terms of climate, lots of wind, the road had a lot of hills, a lot of people’s reviews agree on that, but I’m proud I finished my first half marathon in those conditions. My family was supporting me at different points of the road, it was special! Your post motivated me a lot, thanks for asking! <3

        August 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          That is so fabulous, Mariana! I am so happy for you, and I am so glad to have helped, in any way!

          August 5, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Karen

    I can not begin to tell you how much I needed to read this right now!! I am experiencing all of the above, I am in overload, the nerves are kicking in, yet… I am capable…what beautiful words πŸ™‚ Thank you! Inspiration being absorbed.

    November 10, 2016 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait to hear about how it goes!

      November 11, 2016 at 7:40 pm
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