Some milestones you have no choice but to reach: first tooth, first words, first steps, first day of school.
Some milestones you are proud to simply survive: first failure, first heartbreak, first car accident, first job.
Some milestones you reach because everyone else seems to be doing it: high school graduation, college graduation, marriage, kids, mortgage.
Some milestones are personal and precious. One year ago today I completed my first marathon.
The unintended consequences of becoming this marathon chick include but are not limited to the following: severe increase in patience for everything BUT bad drivers, purchase and use of Vespa, fearless attitude towards solo travel, too many pairs of running shoes and expensive Lululemon running gear, a huge repository of trivia from hours on the road listening to Radiolab, The Nerdist, and Real Time with Bill Maher.
Happy Marathon Birthday to Me!