Friday, April 6, 2012

4 Weeks to Go...

I began this amazing journey almost 20 weeks ago.  I ran my first mile on a treadmill at the YMCA.  I remember finishing the mile and thinking...wow...12 more of those.  Not sure I can do that.  I remember running my first 7 mile run about a month ago and thinking...wow...6.1 more of those.  Not sure I can do that.  Last Saturday I ran 11 miles.  When I finished, I thought, only 2.1 more of those.  I totally got this.  I've felt an amazing calm come over me the past couple of weeks.  I feel like I can do this.  Sure, I have days when I don't want to run, but all I have to do is think of that amazing post run feeling and it gets me out of bed, then out the door.  There is absolutely nothing in the world that can compare to running on an open road at 6 am, finishing 10 miles for the very first time.  I still smile at the end of every run...because after every run that I finish, I have proved that I CAN do this.  There is no longer a voice doubting my ability to run or telling me it's going to hurt later.  Instead, there is a voice that tells me to smile and be so thankful that I have met the amazing runners that have come into my office and inspired me to do this.  I'm so excited for the half marathon.  I'm even more excited to continue this journey long after the race.  I don't foresee a marathon in my future, but I do see many, many 6 am runs ending with a smile.