So my countdown is coming to a close...t-minus five days till my second marathon. I still have to laugh at myself that when I started my "first" fitness journey back in '09 I was not embracing anything running related and just thought of this as another potentially fun thing to do that could also help shed some weight. With that I uncovered the competitive person I was back in high school sports and realized that this running thing was not a fad but something that was going to be my thing. November 8, 2009 was the date of my first marathon and here I am 6.5 years later and doing this again. I NEVER thought I would run one marathon let alone two.
|4:17:44 Marathon OBX '09|
Orange Visor on backwards ;)
So for all the crazy early DARK long runs, black and blue toenails, chaffed skin, smelly sweaty laundry and over all exhaustion...I could never be MORE excited to run these 26.2 miles Sunday morning. After watching Boston yesterday it only has energized me more and I really feel like I am ready to make a dream a reality. I can understand the addiction to the sport and I wonder why it has taken me over six years to suck it up and run another beast of a race.
I now know the answer to that question. I believe in me. I know I am strong. I know I am fearless. I know I am prepared. I know that this new person I have unleashed can do amazing things. I know that I have more support than I will ever know. I know that others believe in me. I know that anything is possible. I know it will not be another six years before I let something amazing happen again. It feels too good to not let it shine!!
|Three believed in me then...I have two more to cheer louder this race!!|
So many things that take a long time to get there turn out to be amazing. Christmas morning is always magical...and we have to wait 365 days every year for that!! This race on Sunday will be all that I want it to be...everything that I have put into it will be there to reward me back. Take a moment and really think about what you want from yourself and realize the sacrifices you will have to make to get there. I promise you the prize at the end will be worth it all. You can be in control of this amazing transformation into a healthier, stronger, more confident you! It has been a long time coming for that person to emerge but you can do it...they are in there waiting to get out!!
Embrace the suck and choose you!