Jodi – 1/2 marathon: before, DURING and after.

January 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm 1 comment

I did it.  I win.  I cry as I type this.  Here’s how it went down: 

The day before the race, I was very pre-occupied.  Thoughts like – am I crazy?  what if I hurt myself?  what if I fall?  what am i trying to prove???

The night before – ALL I DREAM ABOUT is the morning of.  That I woke up late!!!  That I did NOT pack my sports bra!  Those obstacles that scared me. They were in my dreams. 

I had NO PROBLEM getting going early that morning.  Pure adrenaline.  Pure anxiety and excitement.  I was ready.  Proud of me for even attempting this. 

THE RACE:  I started at a very do-able pace.  It felt great.  I just maintained.  Stayed there.  I am a very focused runner.  I didn’t want or need to know the route.  I followed those ahead of me.  I drank water every time it was offered.  I enjoyed much of this run.  The route was beautiful.  Still, I did not stop to walk.   THIS WAS NOT EXPECTED!!  I always walked a little in my training runs.  WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO ME??  Pure determination took over.  I ran the whole thing without stopping!!!  This is what made me cry when i finished.   I NEVER dreamed I would do it without walking.  TEARS, because of this.

AFTERMATH:  Rounding that corner, seeing my baby girls there with roses, and realizing that I DID IT, I could not help the emotions.  It is a HIGH POINT in my life.  I will always remember this. 

UNEXPECTED:  Even tonight (Sunday night, 1 day after) I am physically and mentally exhausted.  I am tired through and through. 

ABSOLUTE:  I will keep running.  This is what I wanted – in doing all of this.  This feeling (inside) is what I’ve been needing all of my life.  I will keep running.  I am a runner.

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Emilie: I did it!!!! We Should All Take the Oath

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  • 1. susannic  |  January 23, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    You both did great. Just think about those that sit on the couch and do nothing, or run a few mile. 13.1 is a great accomplishment. Just imagine if you stay with running how much better you will be next time.

    Emilie I am sorry I didn’t read this sooner. I has asthma as a child have not had issues in over 20 years. I started running in July. and It seems like when it is very hot, or very cold I seem to have issues. But as I adjust my breathing the problems goes away.. I do this by shaping my mouth as if I am going to whisle this allows me to control my breathing better.

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