Friday, October 22, 2010

This Is It

Hi everyone. This is going to be my last blog before the race. I was going to blog more this week, but I've honestly been in such a bad place that I couldn't even bear to write it down. I won't go into long, whiny detail--suffice it to say that my last few runs have been really bad ones and my confidence is pretty shaken. People keep saying-trust in your training. Well, I am telling you: I do not.
Do I know that I can make it to the finish line? Yes.
Do I think that I can make it to the finish line in under 3 hours?  Not really.

If I don't make it in under 3, the course will be closed and they will already be giving out awards and I don't think I'll even get a medal. They seem to be very strict about this in this particular race-not sure if most or all other half marathons are like this. In fact, I have to make it to a certain street by 9 am or I can't even finish the race on the race route. They have a special "walk of shame" route for the losers who can't make it to Calhoun Expressway by 9 am. And I don't even know how far that is! Oh, and here's the kicker: they sent me an email with last minute race details and it stated that WALKERS must maintain a 13 minute mile or they wouldn't be able to finish. WALKERS?? Hello, I RUN 13 minute miles. Don't tell me that people walk faster than I can run. Oh somebody shoot me.

So, we'll see. I've come too far to quit now. I am going to cross that finish line, even if its a totally humiliating experience. And if it is, I never have to run again.

Hopefully things will go well and I'll have some interesting stories to tell when I get back.

I want to thank all of you for reading this blog and sticking with me for the past few months. I truly do cherish every comment that I recieve, and every person who chooses to become a follower. You guys are the best, and I never would have come to this point without you.  Wait a second, maybe I'm actually pissed off at you for that! Lol...just kidding. No, really.

Okay, off to Augusta I go...send me some good energy on Sunday!


  1. You are going to do GREAT!!! You have to believe in yourself and you know you got this! I have never been in a race that was that strict...for my half-marathont they had a 3 hour cut off but that was just because they were going to open the streets to traffic. Basically, if it takes you longer than 3 hours run at your own risk. But they gave a medal to EVERY finisher no matter how long it took and they were there until the very last person crossed the finish line.
    I can't wait to read your race recap and I will be cheering you on from New England!! Good luck and try and have fun :o)

  2. My dear friend, you KNOW that running is 90% mental.
    Think about the visualization strategies that you were learning about a few weeks ago. See if you can tap into that peace you were feeling.

    But seriously---- the week before a serious race is NOTORIOUS for the mind games.

    You will do great, because, DUDE -- 7 months ago, you weren't even RUNNING at ALL!

  3. Just found your blog. I am trying to find my inner runner, but first another 25 pounds off. Good luck with that race! Michele

  4. You will do great! I can't tell you the number of blogs I've read over the last few weeks with people freaking out during their taper weeks. That's what tapers are FOR!! They give you time to psych yourself out!
    Go out there and run your heart out, girlfriend! Then lick your wounds a bit (if there are any, but I know there won't be) and find another race to sign up for!
    You've come too far to throw in the towel now, you're girl. Just like me!

  5. Doh! I totally just realized that I missed the boat on this one., how was it?!? I can't wait to hear about it!

  6. LOVE the new header! Great race pics!! :)