Yes, I admit that I am definitely getting super super nervous and excited about tomorrow!!! Such a long journey it has been. My ultimate focus was getting healthy and losing weight, but I admit that to be a runner was a huge goal for me.
My first "training" run was 3 days before my first 5K on May 21. I had avoided running during my training since I had believe that running would flare up my plantar fasciitis. Yeah, turns out I was wrong. So, I basically SKIPPED training for my 5K and then ran the whole thing but for a couple of seconds (when someone urged me to keep going). I ended up with a time of 36:42, which I felt so proud of!
Since then, I have lost 28 pounds, ran 3 more official 5Ks (times of 32:00, 30:19, and 29:15), ran an 8K (48:27), and have run 12 miles at once for my training (in 2:05).
I have run through sickness, had injuries that I had to take time off for, and have really learned what my body can do when I put it through the wringer! I have learned that I have the drive, the focus to accomplish this and I know I can do so much more. I am ready for this race. I am SO ready to take it on, and I have had SO many dreams lately about running across that finish line. Of course, in my dreams, I run it in less than 2 hours, which is ridiculously out of my league...but I can dream, right? If no injuries, I am hoping to finish in less than 2:30 for sure, but REALLY hoping for less than 2:10. I know that is a stretch, but I need to have that motivation, too!
I have a list in my head of what/who to think about when I hit any walls. My journey, my daughter, my husband, Weight Watchers, all of YOU fabulous Sparkers who have inspired me and kept me going!
I feel like I am just glowing with anticipation today. I read a blog today where she is doing a half tomorrow also and is emotional about it. I so know how she feels! I am just going to be a blubbery mess after I cross that finish line! You bet your butt I will have my arms high in the air with a silly happy grin on my face and my sister there to take a picture of that moment so I can cherish it forever!
And then....I will most likely sign up for the full marathon in May 2011 in Fargo. Because I am crazy like that ;o}