I'm sure it will come as a great shock to most of you that I in fact do NOT have a running binder. Or any running checklists or homemade printables.
And maybe that's because running is the one thing in my life that isn't complicated. There are no set rules and there is simply no way to predict how a run will go. You can be hydrated and well-rested and have the shittiest run of your life. Or you can come off 3 hours of sleep and 2 glasses of wine and nail it.
You just never know.
But if you make the commitment and do your best every single time you lace up your shoes...you WILL reach your goal. My first goal was to run without dying. So I ran...for about 30 seconds...and then I puked. I didn't want to run again the next day but I did anyway. And I ran a little longer.
It's been almost two years since I "graduated" from the Couch25K Program and I am just days away from running my first Half Marathon. I can still remember the excitement and accomplishment I felt the first time I ran 8 minutes straight and then 20 minutes straight. And now...I am able to run 2 hours and 20 minutes straight. That is UNBELIEVABLE to me. I don't even know how I got here or how I've made it through the last 12 weeks of training...but I did. And I can't even describe how wonderful that feels :-)
But with that said, let me also just emphasize how freaking HAPPY I am that this training is coming to an end. We've all made a lot of sacrifices the last few months and there have been many days where we've come home and said, "Damn it I don't want to run anymore!"
But we sucked it up and ran our booties off.
We are all stronger, healthier and I personally haven't felt this in shape since college. And that was a looooooong time ago. I certainly don't have the body I imagined I would have after all this training (because in truth...I was thinking I would look like Heidi Klum), but I can put on a pair of running shorts and not feel uncomfortable or self conscious anymore. And that, my friends, is good enough for me :-)
So the moment of truth is approaching. I only have a few days left to wait until the big race and I already have my outfit picked out. You need very few things on a 92 degree day, but those few things totally need to match. So here's a little peak at what I'll be rocking on Sunday...
Don't be fooled...I've had those polka dot shorts picked out forever. I just couldn't help myself...they are so me!! And of course I will be wearing my new neon-laced Nikes, my sparkle headband, my iPhone and the most IMPORTANT item of all...my lucky pearls.
Eric gave me a pair of Mikimoto pearl earrings on our wedding day and I've worn them for every important event in my life since, including the birth of my two babies. I've worn them for every race and now that I will be running my 14th, there is no sense in breaking a tradition now!
Plus...pearls go with everything :-)
But if there is one accessory that NO runner should be without...it's a running buddy. Or if you are as lucky as me...TWO amazing running buddies. I can say without a doubt in my mind that there is NO WAY I would have ever completed this training without these two.
We pushed each other, complained to each other, yelled at each other but best of all...we supported each other. And now we are going to run side by side for 13.1 miles. Crossing that finish line is going to be a moment that three of us will NEVER ever forget. And I can't speak for Mr. Don't-show-emotion-on-camera...but I know Dana and I are totally going to cry.
So I guess I better add waterproof mascara to the list too :-)
5 days to race day!!!!!