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Less than 24 hours to go to Marathon ... pep talk

Friday, October 22, 2010

Less than 24 hours to go.
This time tomorrow I'll be about 4 hours into the run, probably around mile 20 with the worst miles ahead of me. Perhaps hitting the wall. Maybe thinking I can't do this or wanting to quit. But definitely DEFINITELY not stopping, not quitting and not giving up.

Thanks for the support all of you - I appreciate it so much. :D
I swing back and forth between pride/excitement and abject terror! Hah. It's a funny sort of emotional rollercoaster. I'm currently scared. Last night, while watching "Spirit of the Marathon" (again!) to gear myself up, I felt proud and amazed.

It's ME who's going to do this. The girl who started running May of '09 and could only run about 3-5 minutes at a time before needing a walk break. The girl who ran a 10K in Oct. '10 and thought that 6.2 miles was an insanely long distance. The girl who, in March of '10, ran her first 10 mile race and wanted to die - but also was so amazed and astounded at what her body could do(!). That same girl ran 13.1 miles in May '10, with her best friend in the world beside her, and had another moment of epiphany. 13 miles! Me!? So much fun, let's do it again! July 4, 2010 came the second 13 miler ... and then the seed was planted. It was really quiet at first "how about a marathon?"... easy to blow off as being completely flipping insane!

As time went on, the voice got louder and most insistent. "HEY, about that marathon!? Let's do that." Eventually it became a roar... "MARATHON. SIGN UP NOW, LADY!" and who am I to argue with an internal voice that is that much of a pain in the booty? 22 weeks of training (with a 3 week break in there for the injury) later ... here I am. Less than 24 hours away from the starting line.

And the girl who crosses that line (hopefully upright and smiling but crawling and smiling will also work, if it's all I've got...) will be the one I've been working on becoming for the last 2-3 years. Strong. Determined. Dedicated. I plan to leave the last of the hurt and the negative stuff from my past all along that 26.2 mile trail. I'm crossing the finish but my baggage isn't.

Let's do this thing.

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SERENITY4LIFE 10/23/2010 3:44PM

    Can't wait to hear all about your marathon experience. You got this!! Enjoy!! You ARE a MARATHONER!!!


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LIV2RIDE 10/23/2010 8:24AM

    You got this!! You will ROCK this marathon. Have fun and good luck!

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GODZYFAN 10/22/2010 4:04PM

    I am so excited for you! You will do great! Thanks for the inspiration. Now that I am done with PT, I can start training for my first 5K. A marathon seems like a faraway dream but hopefully I'll get there. Best of luck to you!!
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JHADZHIA 10/22/2010 3:11PM

    You are going to ROCK this thing!! You are woman!! You are strong!! You are healthy!! You are fit!! You have amazing willpower!! LOOK OUT race, LEONA coming through!!!
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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/22/2010 1:36PM

    Best Wishes on your race - be strong, it's not how fast you finish the race, it's that YOU FINISH.


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JLITT62 10/22/2010 1:27PM

    You will NOT be crawling.

I know you will be smiling, even if every bone in your body hurts!

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JLWOF1 10/22/2010 1:23PM

    emoticon Good luck!

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CASSARM1 10/22/2010 1:02PM

    emoticon emoticon BEST OF LUCK!!!! You will do great. You attitude seems amazing and that alone can get you thru a lot! Be proud and have fun!

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MBSHAZZER 10/22/2010 12:59PM

    You can do it!!! Remember, pain is temporary - PRIDE is forever! Can't wait to read your report!

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 10/22/2010 12:55PM

    This is inspiring, you rock! Good luck!

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