Last long run…finished.
Last short run….finished.
New songs loaded on my ipod….check!
Laying out clothes for Sunday’s marathon & packing bag for after the race…in progress.
I just had to stop and take a minute to say Thanks.
Thank you to the Lord…the giver of Life. The one who fills us with His power and strength. It is only because of Him that we live, move and have our being.
Thank you to my friends and family. Who show interest and listen to all my running jibber jabber…just because they love me. They are such an encouragement.
Thank you to my fellow runners. Our running group, Chilton Runners, has been such a big help. They “like” my statuses. They post their latest runs, which inspires me to get back out there. They expect me to be meet them for our cold, dark, 5:15am runs…so I do. We spend hours together chit chatting during our Saturday long runs, which has made this year’s training much easier! Sometimes they run slower to be by my side, or maybe just run circles around me….it’s a No runner left behind! kind of thing. 🙂 They share their tips, gu-gel, stories, and even left me a nice prize one day! Some of them have become dear friends.
Thank you to you, my blog readers. My outlet. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers as well!
…and last but NOT LEAST! Thank you to my girls! They have made sacrifices that haven’t gone unnoticed…and I appreciate them very much. They’ve changed their plans so they could babysit for me during my long run. They’ve waited to take showers, so I could have hot water after a freezing run. Their support is not required, but is freely given…and that means so much to this momma.
So now…I will get back to work & preparing for Sunday.
I already feel like a winner…and it’s not even race day yet. ❤
On Saturday’s (beautiful & PERFECT) spring run, 7.5 miles, I found myself thinking…”Yay! I don’t have to run 20 miles today!”
This winter during marathon training, when the schedule called for a 17+ mile run…I always wished I had a sign hovering over my head. It would read something like this…”She really can run faster than this! She’s already ran 17 miles this morning!” My daughters would come home from school the following week and say, “My friends said they saw you running Saturday…they said you looked like you were in a lot of pain!” It was slightly embarrassing…but in reality…nobody. really. cared. 🙂
I also remember when I actually ran 20 miles. The longest distance that our training plan called for!
That # really played with my mind!
20 miles! What an accomplishment!
TWENTY MILES?!? On race day, I will still have 6.2 MORE miles to run? Is that even possible!?! I barely even made it home without falling on the ground like a dead armadillo on the side of the road! (I was going to insert a picture right here…but they were all too morbid…you can just google them if you’d like 🙂 )
I’m here to say…YES! It IS POSSIBLE!
“Your legs are not giving out. Your head is giving up. Keep going.”
I just love that quote!
In the beginning…
I didn’t even WANT to run a marathon. I just wanted to run a 10k…finish what I started…DO what I said I was going to do.
Running has changed my life…I like to call it “free therapy” 🙂
I shared my “journey” from couch to 10k with my Facebook friends & I wanted to share it with you too! They have been with me from the first grumpy step, all the way to the marathon finish line.
If you are just getting started running, I believe that you will relate to my journey.
Here is a link to my FB journal: IN THE BEGINNING…my journey from couch to 10k
We all started somewhere! You won the day you decided to try!
Don’t quit! You’re worth it!
Completing a marathon takes away a whole host of excuses.
For example: “I’m too tired. That seems impossible. I don’t know how to. That’s too hard. etc. etc. etc….”
Those excuses just don’t work anymore.
This was me ~ July 2010
Grumpy, defeated, tired…
……couldn’t even run 1/2 a lap around the track….
….really aggravated that her husband drove her there even though she was the one who suggested it…argued the whole way there…
……get’s tired brushing her teeth…
THIS IS ME NOW ~ Mercedes Marathon February 2013
I’d say the picture speaks for itself 🙂
MY HUSBAND JOINED ME AND MADE IT EVEN BETTER!
….HERE’S ONE MORE FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE…
They’ll passionately argue over a 10 second time clock discrepancy.
They find inspiration in a hand written t-shirt that says “4 marathons, 4 months, 4 my 40th birthday”
They shed clothing in public places.
They transform the thoughts of “you’re crazy!”, into the belief ~ “I CAN.”
They do it for themselves.
They do it for their friends.
We call them…runners.
Watching this preview moves me.
My favorite mile.
The cheering crowds are far behind and yet, just ahead…
They are NOT in the NOW.
A transformation if you will.
No longer only a belief that it’s possible.
But a knowing that it IS.
More than a dream…