I have been training for months for my first half marathon. I have put in the miles to train and build up to the long distance running that is required. I've pushed myself harder than I ever thought I could. I never imagined that I would be able to run for over an hour at a time, yet there I am on the treadmill hitting a good rhythm while running for 75 minutes! The feeling I have when I am done is amazing to say the least.
I signed up for my first half marathon after talking about it and training for it. As soon as I received the confirmation email, I wanted to throw up from the anxiety of it. What have I done?! I'm so excited, nervous and anxious about it. However, just like my training, I am going to take it one mile at a time, one step at a time.
I am not too worried about my time for the race, heck, I want to enjoy the experience, the scenery and the cool, fall air on my face. I won't beat myself up if my time is nowhere close to where I think it may be. The feeling I will have when I cross that finish line is all I will remember anyway.
I signed Chuck up for the half as well. He said he can't let me run alone and he would love to cross that finish line together. I explained to him how I wanted to give myself a goal, train for it and achieve it. That it would be a great life lesson for our kids and what a great example of dedication and determination it would be for them. He asked why I had to choose such a long goal haha.
I also had to explain to him that this is for me. This is my goal, this is my race, this is my accomplishment. Yes, he will be with me and this will be his first half marathon as well. I am proud and thankful that he wants to do this with me and I can't imagine a more fitting finish to this run than to cross it together. However, at the same time, I am doing this for me. For years, I have been catering to others. I have been serving my husband, my kids and pushing myself and my goals to the back burner to accommodate everyone else. This is my shining moment (hopefully I feel this way at the end ;))
I hope to have a great time and that it is an experience I won't forget but I am also hoping that I enjoy it enough to sign up for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next May. ;)