I Am Ready

First, I am resisting the urge to explain why it has been almost a month since I blogged last.  The important thing is…
I finished my last training run for my half marathon race this Saturday.  Three miles, slow and steady imitating how I plan to run the first three of 13.1 miles this weekend. 
It seemed hard to start, I started to get frustrated, I made myself take it slow and then speed it up a little to prevent going too, too easy.  And then I realized I was starting to feel good, to feel like I was on a nice morning run.  I looked down at my Garmin and I had hit 2.2 miles;  the magic mile had begun. 
The first one to two miles is always the worst, and then comes that time in a run when I suddenly get comfortable and know I can go on for a while.  It’s glorious when I hit it and have a long way to go, it’s a little harder if I have a short run to do and feel like it’s over just as soon as it became enjoyable. 
Today, it was a sweet spot and that last 0.8 of a mile gave me time to remember why I’m doing this race and why I know I’ll finish. 
  • I have trained for over 15 weeks, including one 12-mile run and one 13.1 run (because I wanted to know I could finish, even if I was slow.)
  • I did not quit training when life became more stressful than last year.
  • I am strong.
  • It’s a beautiful neighborhood to run in.
  • Slow and steady will win finish the race.
And so, my answer to those that have begun asking me if I’m ready?
Yes, I am ready.  
Saturday I will run my second half marathon race.  It won’t be my fastest race, and there’s a good chance it could get hard towards the end, but I will finish it.  
And I will enjoy being out there living my new ending in life, completing things I never dreamed possible before I began this weight loss journey.  
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3 Responses to I Am Ready

  1. divad says:

    Congratulations on being ready! I will be thinking of you on Saturday!

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  2. Lori says:

    Good luck and, most importantly, enjoy the race!

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  3. I look forward to reading your recap of the race. 🙂

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