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Half marathon TOMORROW! *faint*

Friday, October 08, 2010

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}

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KILTGUY 10/9/2010 11:02AM

    You have worked hard for this moment. Can't wait to hear your report later. Hope you have a great HM!!

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BRENDY_28 10/9/2010 7:57AM

    good luck! :D tell us how it went

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ROOT4HOME 10/8/2010 8:13PM

    How exciting! You'll do great! Just have fun and cherish every moment!! Ran my 1st HM on 8/1 and I too was very emotional afterwards! All the best and can't wait to read your RR!! emoticon emoticon

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TUBJUMPER 10/8/2010 7:51PM

    Good luck, you can do it!!! Tell us all about it afterwards please.

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LAURIE5658 10/8/2010 4:16PM

    I ran my first HM two weeks ago and have been on cloud 9 since. You did the training and you are ready! I was very very emotional also and yes, I hit The Wall. You can read all about it in my blog entry. I made it through and was so grateful to finally have a finisher's medal to call my own. As you reach the finish line, yours will be waiting for YOU!!!

Have a great time, fuel during the race and RUN BABY RUN!!! You will NEVER forget it!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/8/2010 3:59PM

    You are going to ROCK that half tomorrow! Cant wait to read your race report!!!!

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JULIEIRENE 10/8/2010 3:42PM

    I am just so excited for you. I think the most exhilerating moment I've ever had was crossing the finish at my first Half. You sound to me like you're ready, so knock 'em dead! :)

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-POOKIE- 10/8/2010 1:38PM

    emoticon Good luck!

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MUSTANGMISSY 10/8/2010 12:46PM

    So excited for you! I'll be thinking of you.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/8/2010 12:11PM

  I am so excited for you!!! Good luck on your HM. I look forward to reading about it. You will do great!

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TREASURINGLIFE 10/8/2010 11:39AM

    Erin - have fun and enjoy every single second of your race! You have done so well, and should feel so amazingly proud! Take your time, relax, find your stride and you'll do GREAT!!

- Michelle

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CATREBEL 10/8/2010 11:26AM

    Congrats on your first half-marathon! Don't be too excited and start out too fast and you will do great! This is your first so don't really worry about your time, just enjoy the experience. It is awesome! I look forward to reading your post-race report!

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RUNSWITHDEER 10/8/2010 11:21AM

    Go Erin Go!!!

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RDARLING 10/8/2010 11:15AM

    Erin- Are you running the Fargo Mini Marathon tomorrow? I was going to be a spectator but DS soccer game is at the same time!
I ran the half at the Fargo Marathon in May. It was a great experience! So many spectators cheering you on!

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CATEECHER 10/8/2010 11:04AM

    You are an inspiration!! I too want to be a runner and have made several attempts to start. I will get there! I also have dealt with the plantar f. and it is no fun. Still dealing with it but it has been better. Any suggestions that have helped you?

Have so much fun!!!! No matter what time you do it in it will be a great accomplishment!

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