Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Time is Here!



This is it.

I'm going for it.

A marathon is one of those things I said was impossible for me. In fact, so impossible that I even had a list of excuses as to why I could never do it.

But like most excuses, they were totally lame.

Do you ever wonder what exactly goes into training for a marathon? I can't deny that this training has been one of the most grueling things I've traveled through before!

Here is my brainstorm of a list:
Almost 500 miles ran
Maybe around 5,500 minutes spent putting one foot in front of the other
Every energy chew & gel on the market tried out I think
$$$ in chiropractic care
Weeks spent chilling (or screaming) with my yoga mat & foam roller
$$ in iTunes songs
90 minutes one way drive time here
ROLLS of KT tape used
Protein shakes & chocolate milk consumed
Gallons of tears spent due to pain, failure or pride
Hours spent icing knees & shins
2 pairs of running shoes

This journey....this journey has taught me so much already & now the time has come to stand at the starting line! 

I have learned that doubts will stop you every single time.
That mean voice in your head that tells you that you can't do something, needs to be shut down!
That I am really only as strong as I believe I am.
Anyone can keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Sometimes pain is real...and other times it is only in your mind. If its real, stop.
I am the only one that can make me get out there & do it.
I am the only one who can stop me.
Can't cannot be allowed.
I have learned sticking to a plan is important to hit a goal.
There will be ups & downs along the way, ride them out.
I will want to quit a million times.
Remember why you started when you think of quitting.
Remember how far you've come & don't look back.

Today's road to the run:
Of course Starbucks was a stop!
Around the race! 

State Capitol Building
 View from my hotel room!
 Is this carb loading?!!! Have to have just 2 to calm my nerves!
Carb loading: this was fabulous, however I had to force myself to eat due to my extreme pre-game day jitters!! 

Alright - got my stuff laid out & ready to go for the morning! Man, it takes a lot of stuff to run a marathon!!! I used to think running was a pair of shoes!
 Are these signs that this has been hard on my body? I'd probably think I was crazy for going through this too!

I'll be back in a day or two, unless they haul me off on a stretcher tomorrow, to fill you in on how 26.2 miles feels.....even if I cross on all FOUR!

Until Next Time~