The day is nearly here! My first half marathon is Sunday. Or maybe it is better to say my primary physical goal for 2011 is here. When I think of it in those terms, I get pretty excited about it. To think that all those runs I’ve done since I first set foot on the treadmill will culminate into 13.1 miles on Sunday is motivating and overwhelming at the same time.
I wouldn’t say I have jitters; I honestly think I have prepared about as well as can be expected. For that, I am proud. No matter how the race turns out, it is hard to believe how far I have come. My life has truly changed over the last eight months. I have been inspired by others, but nothing makes me feel better in life than to inspire a few others myself.
Funny that my training started in my basement on the treadmill, and it looks like it will end there. My last training run was a 3 miler on the hamster wheel. I can’t say I enjoyed it; I’ve come to appreciate running outdoors. But cold weather drove me inside and I didn’t want to try anything new (cold weather running) before the half. As of now, the weather they are calling for on Sunday looks pretty good.
One step at a time, right? Well, I do already have some plans in mind for 2012, but I know if I get through 13.1 I should take a few moments to bask in the glory (I hope). I feel so appreciative of the people I’ve met along the way to get me here. As much as I am proud of myself, I had no idea of the support that I would receive from other runners via DailyMile, blogs, podcasts, Twitter, Google +, etc. I wish I could thank them all personally, but I’m sure I’d forget someone in the process. I am so thankful for all the help.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m still a couple of days away from the race, but I’m ready to go!
Enjoy your progress,