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Let the Countdown Begin

It’s hard to believe that over a year ago, this whole thing started. It sure doesn’t seem that long, but it is. In a little over a week, I’ll be participating in my first Half Marathon! WOW!

If you had asked me 2 years ago if I thought I’d even run a half marathon, I would have looked at you like you had a screw loose. Me, RUN?? I mean RUN AT ALL?? Yeah, right! Running was for people being chased by deadly weapons. Running was for weirdos who had nothing better to do (like sleep in) on a Saturday morning. Running was NOT in my game plan. No way, no how.

I’m not sure what changed, but something did. At the end of December 2009 I started to jog on the treadmill at the gym for a few minutes. It felt good, so I kept adding time. Then in January the subject of another Half for Beth came up. At first, I wasn’t convinced… but eventually the idea took root and this blog was a result. NOW… a year later…. IT IS TIME (said very dramatically, of course)!

I’m excited! I’m ready! This Monday I had my 14 mile run. While it was slow, I felt GREAT. I could walk when it was over, and I even was able to do things the rest of the day. I have no doubts that I can finish this Half, and finish strong and in the end that is what it’s all about. Also, my parents are driving down from IL to cheer me on! How awesome is that?? Okay, the idea of getting to meet SIL’s little boy might have been a motivating factor as well… but, I’ll share.

The rest of my mileage is low, and I hope to get a run or two in this week, but I want to make sure that I give my legs plenty of time to rest after the 14 miles. I’m not really good at recaps, but I will try to have a good one to post after the race is over.

Hope you have a GREAT Wednesday!


I’m Ready (I Think)


(this image has nothing to do with this post. I’m not on my computer so this is from my library. Chocolate makes me happy)

I’m ready for the Half (at least I’m pretty sure I’m ready). It’s been a year of running and conditioning and I feel really positive about the whole thing! I don’t really have much to post. Just felt like I wanted to say that out loud (or at least out loud in type).

I have 11 miles scheduled for tomorrow. I had looked at the schedule wrong, and when I’m in Waco I only have a four mile run to do. I will probably start at the beginning of the course, as I’ve kinda run some of the end portion with Beth already. I’m hoping for some nice weather (and Beth, since it’s a short run, are you in??) (nothing like pressure, right?).

I’m excited. I’m ready to go. I just hope my body gets the memo my brain is sending out! I’m trying to figure out if I need a fuel belt of some kind. I want to carry some GU’s with me, and I can’t decide the best way to do that. Anyone out there have any recommendations? I know that some races have gels available, but I don’t like the idea of not having what I’m used to during the Half. I figure if I’m going to get one, I need to do it soon so I can get used to it. Ah… decisions, decisions!

Okie doke. Well this post was a little all over the place. Kinda like the laundry in my house right now! I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday, and Merry Christmas!