Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pardon the sap.

You'll have to excuse me while I get sappy here in this post.

Two weeks from tonight, I will be a half marathon finisher. I know this isn't a huge accomplishment for a lot of people but I'm NOT one of those people.  Two years ago, I swore up and down I would only run if someone was chasing me with a knife. Look at me now!

*bring on the sap* 

I want to THANK YOU. I don't think I would be able to make it through if I didn't know there were people CHEERING for me!  I often think of the comments that I've gotten, both here and on FB, private boards and other places, while I'm running.  To know that people are looking at my accomplishments (however small) and maybe being inspired - AWESOME. YOU keep me going.

I saw at the Y today on a treadmill since it's toooooo cold for a long run outside (and I needed the childcare! :-)).  My goal was 5 miles. Around 4.25-4.5 miles, I started running out of steam. Until I looked up and saw the Disney commercial. I could hear in the back of my mind "It's gonna be a good life!" and I saw the fireworks over the castle -- TWO WEEKS I will be running towards that castle! I finished strong and wound up running 5.25 miles in 60 minutes, a pace of 11:26 min/mile!!!!  Seriously!? I'm getting faster, I'm getting stronger and I'm starting to LIKE running!! (Shut the front door, right?!)

Anyhow, I know there are going to be some pretty nasty pictures of me after the race because I can already tell I'm going to be completely overcome with emotions.  I get choked up thinking about the enormity of what will happen in the next two weeks. I'm excited to see people after the race as a "half marathon runner". I'm a runner.

So THANK you. Thank you for the motivational words, the encouragement and the support.

*end of sap*