Hello. My name is Julie and I am 24 years old. ROJ stands for Republic of Julie which is where my Mom jokingly says I live because I insist on doing things my own way. I started running about three years ago and I am very much in love with it, but do not have the time or genetics to be as amazing as I would like to be…or so I say as an excuse. I live in northeast Ohio and plan to use this blog to talk about my training for my first marathon. This week will be my third week of training and I think if I have to own up to someone/something it might help me take things more seriously. I’ll talk about past races, friends and current events as well as non running related items. Some of my events will be multisport events, and I am a HUGE fan of cross training. Things I struggle with and you might read about: Not being “fast” like some of my other friends and being overweight. No, I am not fat, but I am far from tiny and I think tall leggy blondes are out to get me at every event. HA. I know a lot of people blog about training who are really strong or well known or really decidated. I wanted to put something out there for those who care but do not always have the time or whatever other excuses we might come up with. Here is an example of why I sometimes skip workouts. I work 40 hours a week and am a full time graduate student. Fun Fun Fun.