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Fit Blogger We Love: Once Upon a [L]ime

This marathoner rarely poses for "normal" pictures, one of the reasons we love her!

Sarah from Once Upon a [L]ime has been working hard to complete a marathon in under four hours for a while, bringing her readers through all of the ups and downs of training along the way. When she missed out on the achievement during her dream race, she led us to believe another attempt was in the distant future. Little did we know she was secretly plotting her victory run! Sarah nabbed the impressive milestone last weekend and has been celebrating ever since. Read on to find out what other goals are on her fit list and why her witty sarcasm keeps us coming back for more.

On my fit life list: You know the Krispy Kreme Challenge? I want to start one with beer. Run two miles, chug a bunch of beer, run back to the finish. I know, real lofty life goals. The college kid in me just won't die. Beer or not, I would love to start my own race. I love running for a cause and think it's a great way to raise funds, awareness and promote healthy lifestyles. Everyone wins!

My biggest indulgence: It comes post-race: bottomless ____ brunch. Insert your choice of mimosa/margarita/beer/any form of delicious alcoholic beverage.

My healthy treat tip: I use the sample cups at Yogurtland for a taste of the "indulgent" flavors—chocolate hazelnut, red velvet, pumpkin pie—and then fill my cup with the "healthy" flavors and top with fruit.

Olympic sport I'd love to try: I don't want to brag, but I was a pretty awesome ice skater growing up. Oh yeah, I was the next Nancy Kerrigan practicing on the carpet in my parent's living room. But seriously, probably sailing. It'll come in handy whenever my husband, Brian, finally buys me that boat I've been wanting. It's so unfair to live in SoCal without a boat. Or a live-in maid. Or a reality TV show...

My "I Did It" moment: I've had a lot of people asking me how to get into running and racing recently. The fact that I've inspired somebody is so motivating to keep at it, and that they think I've got my crap together enough to ask for my advice? Either they're crazy or I'm doing something right (probably the former).

My fitness mantra: "It's gotta suck now so it sucks less later." I'm not one of the lucky ones that jump out of bed every morning excited to work out. Running is hard and it's a struggle for me to stay on track. Whenever I'm tempted to skip a workout or bail early on a run, I remind myself that it'll only make the end goal that much harder to achieve. Whether that's PR'ing a marathon (Editor's note: Sarah nabbed a sub-four hour marathon last weekend!) or fitting back into my skinny jeans, taking the easy way out isn't going to help.

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Samantha Lefave

Samantha is a writer who is living, eating and sweating her way through NYC. You can find her running half-marathons like it's her job, Instagramming her favorite food and fitness finds or, let's be honest, eating peanut butter straight from the jar.

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