Yup, it just dawned on me today that, um, yeah, I have a mere FIVE weeks until the half is upon me.
And guess what?
I AM SO EXCITED!
Just damn excited.
I am feeling so good about our progress – yes, we still have a way’s to go – but we’re chugging along just fine.
For the most part (had to throw that caveat in there for those days when I can’t even fathom throwing my jogging shorts on and heading out for a run), I’ve really enjoyed our training runs. Partly because many of them have been early-AM runs with Scott before I head to work and it’s quite honestly one of the best parts of my day. It sets the right cadence for the day ahead, and even when that day doesn’t go as I envision it going in my head as I pound the pavement, at least I started out with the best of intentions, right? 😉
The other reason I’ve enjoyed them? The running we’ve been doing together – the “wicked half” crew as I like to call us, for lack of a better term. Along with Scott, Jo and fellow kicker Steph, we’ve done a few group training runs – those have been our lonnnng runs but it’s been such fun to accomplish those distances together. Quite the bonding experience, which I’ve loved and I know they have too. I feel so freakin’ lucky to have such a great group of friends and family that share the same passion as me, it makes such a difference. And I love it.
What I’ve learned so far in all of this? That I am, without a shadow of a doubt…
And I wear that label proudly. Because it does not and will never come easily to me. But that’s ok. It’s what makes me the runner that I am. I’m feeling more and more “ready” for that starting line as I hoped I would be when I first started my training. And, I’m totally envisioning crossing that finish line feeling pretty confident that I will burst into tears at the end. That much you can guarantee.
So anyway, that’s where I am and I’m psyched. The one piece we still have to figure out? What we want our tank tops to say on race day. So, I’m leaving that in your capable hands while I take some time off to head to lake again (yes, I *do* bank my vaca time to take advantage of that lake all summer!). So please don’t fail me now – send me your ideas for mantras or slogans or even team names. I’m all ears. 🙂
See ya’ll on the flip side! Don’t forget about me!