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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I have been trying to type this blog for a few days now, but something was holding me up. I think once I put it out to the world it makes the whole experience a little more real. I mean it was real when I registered, and it was real when I started training, it was even real when I suffered through injury during the training, BUT now it's REALLY real.

Each day that I get closer to running my first half marathon my heart beats a little faster and my hands shake a little more. I have pretty much kept everything in check by telling myself that I am prepared and that it's doesn't matter how long it takes to finish, as long as I FINISH. This experience is all about me and how far I have come. I don't need to prove anything to anybody but myself.

I am sooo looking forward to this entire experience. I have been to many running events but never as a HM participate. It just has a totally different feel to it. Things will actually be geared towards me the HMer. And I finally get my first medal. I am teary eyed already, so I know I am going to be balling when I cross the line. Jill will probably have to pick me up off the ground.

And that's another thing about running. I have had the pleasure of being on the board with so many new people. Runners, new and old, who have taken the time to help me and encourage me along the way. I have made so MANY new friends. I have met a few and continue to look forward to meeting more. I am already planning my next HM and SP runners meet.

I am strong....
I am positive....
I can do this....

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEIARJ 11/17/2010 11:25AM

    When is your race?!! It's such a rush!! You'll love it! Can't wait to hear about it. I'm about to start training for my 3rd.......the excitement never gets old!!

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KLASSIE 11/14/2010 7:50PM

    Yes you will!!! Yes you will!!!! I'm cheering already. Go for it. Have fun and congratulate yourself for all you have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish.

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AELARLEE1 11/14/2010 3:42PM

    So excited for you! You will do great! I LOVE this distance and it feels amazing at the end.

Wishing you the best race!

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JERIBERI1 11/13/2010 7:15AM

    Rock it!!!!

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CANDYGRAM36 11/12/2010 3:31PM

    You're an inspiration!! Can't wait to read your race report!

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/11/2010 9:30AM

    You've totally got this!!!!

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FABAT402009 11/10/2010 9:58PM

    You will do it and can't wait to hear about every detail!!! You've trained hard and it will all pay off the day of your HM!

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EMP1979 11/10/2010 4:28PM

    Best of luck to you!

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PRINCESSNURSE 11/10/2010 4:16PM

    You are amazing! Enjoy every minute of it--you earned it!

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DRB13_1 11/10/2010 4:15PM

    You will have a marvelous, fun time, you WILL finish, and you will have a great story to share afterward. You're ready and there's no pressure. Listen to your body and cross that finish line.

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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 11/10/2010 3:50PM

    woo-hoo! I am so proud of you!

I know when my turn comes, I will be bawling my head off. That's the way I am.

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MOM2ALEX2004 11/10/2010 3:34PM

    Don't worry- I WILL be there to pick you up! You are going to do great- trust your training (echoes of Coach Nancy & Rhynic & TamTam in my head). Read Lab-Lover's last blog- the message from the Runner's World coach is so true! AND, if you need more to read about the race, go to and click on the Miles and Minutes link at the top middle- it's (mostly) all about the Richmond Marathon/HM and there's some fun & poignant stuff.

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HYLYN2 11/10/2010 3:26PM

    ROCK ON!!! I'll be at the Richmond half this weekend( as a spectator). My sweetie is running the full marathon. I'll give my cow bells an extra jingle in honor of you! Don't worry about being teary, I get teary watching every one finish. Just enjoy the experience. The crowd at Richmond is very supportive and will give you lots of cheers. Good luck!!!!

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CHARLIE215 11/10/2010 2:38PM

    Good luck Jae!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/10/2010 2:11PM

    YOU ARE GOING TO ROCK THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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