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My 1st Half Marathon Tomorrow! It's D Day. In Reflection.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Ok, as Sunday comes I'm getting more and more nervous. I don't know why, but for some reason I feel like I'm going slightly stir crazy, just not knowing exactly which direction I should go... like a little puppy running around in circles chasing her tail or something...lol...

In Reflection--------------------
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February (2010): Started running. Don't remember why, but I hated it!!! Just little intervals of 1 minute at a time.

April: Completely addicted. Didn't take much either. It's just a natural endorphin high that you get so happy with. Pushing myself to increase endurance. Doing 2 to 3 min intervals.

Summer: Thanks to Spark and Spark friends, I kicked it up a notch. Joined the Spark Couch to 5K program. I switched from treadmill to outdoor runs and loved it even more. Pushed to 8, 9 min intervals.

September: Completely on a whim, with less than 24 hours notice, I signed up for a local Publix Weekend 5K (in my blogs). It was such a crazy thing to do. Remember that anyone? But I did it. Completed under 43 minutes! It was great.

November: A friend got me signed up with a Half Marathon training group and I only said yes because February seemed sooo far away...(lol). Ha, yeah right...

December: Knee injuries galore. Could've used it as an excuse, but I kept pushing. Biggest achievement training run - 6 miles.

January: Two and a half months of HM training. Biggest achievement training run - 9 miles. I even completed my first 10K! Under 1:30:00. Slow and steady for me.... :)

February: Four months of HM training. Biggest achievement training run - 10 miles! I am the strongest runner I've ever been in my life.


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What amazed me is that through going through this whole journey pretty much on my own and with virtually no disposable income, somehow I made it. Somehow I just hung in there and was able to get what I needed when I could and it still all came together. Many thanks to God on that one.

Overall this journey has been something else. I still can't believe it and all I can say is that tired old terrible cliche... to all those who need to hear... "If I Can Do It, You Can Do It." Really and truly. Seriously!!! You can do it too!!!


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Today I picked up my race packet at the Publix Expo and took part in the myriads of tents and stations set up for the weekend. It was a LOT of stuff and very overwhelming... so many people! Wow...lol. Then I cam home, ate and rested.

My knee feels great and I'm just sending it happy thoughts for the rest of the day. Right now I'm packing all my things together... Sidenote: you would NOT believe the pile of stuff that goes into just this one day. Gu and energy gels, ice pack, aspirin, pain cream, water bottle belt, tights, heart monitor, hat, 2 ipods (always need a back up :P ), camera, phone, towel, sunglasses, knee brace, cash, ID, knee belt.... the list goes on and on. I'm going to do a dry run of "heading out the door" just to make sure I've got everything.

So, still, my mind is going a million miles a minute, and I just have to calm my thoughts. I've had so many wonderful, supportive and encouraging comments on my training blogs, it's been wonderful. I can't thank everyone enough. BIG HUGS!

Having sphaghetti and garlic bread for my carb loading dinner.... and going to bed uber early (with the help of some Alteril sleep pills and Chamomile Tea). Resting up for my 3:30 am wake up call.
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Still can't believe it's here... D Day.

See you all on the other side! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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