T- 14 days until the big race…
… AND I AM PUMPED!
What a journey this has been!
It’s taken true dedication and commitment – pounding the pavement three times a week, through the cold, through the pouring rain, and once in this mostly chilly spring through 29 degree heat! Through running up hills to build strength and around a track to gain speed. After nights with not nearly enough sleep, I’ve dragged my butt out there because I want so badly to cross that finish line! I’ve known full well that the only way I’m going to get there is to prepare. To force my body to adapt to running for 21.1 kms.
And you know the coolest part? It really has adapted amazingly.
Our long run the first week of training was 7kms. I remember talking to myself and mentally preparing myself for it. Seven kms seemed like such a long way.
Fast forward 14 weeks. Last week I ran 18kms. (yes, at once!) Tomorrow I am all set for a full 20kms!
For the longest run I’ve ever tackled, I’ve got my new running wear laid out, my shoes ready to be stepped into and a new playlist on the ipod.
I’ve written before about my love of words and how I take real inspiration from them. Looking through my playlist, I see that I’ve subconsciously filled it with songs that are filled with words that will keep me going and keep me motivated.
There are songs that inspire me to “stand up and fight!”
Songs that make me remember how fortunate I am, “I run for hope. I run to feel. I run for the truth of all that is real…I run for life.”
And songs that remind me that “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Of course, there are definitely songs included that are devoid of any inspirational wisdom. They are there merely to keep my legs pumping and the adrenaline flowing. You know, ones with lyrics like, ” Now pu-pu-pu-pu-pu-pump it up and Back it up like a tonka trunk!”
I’m so excited for this accomplishment! See you at the finish line!