51 Days to go until the Marathon and 18 until the Half. The Half I'm ready for....The Marathon not so much.
Since When did a Half Marathon...like 21kms become NOTHING??
How did THAT happen??
One Step at a time I suppose.
I remember the first night I ran in University like it was yesterday. I was a good 25 pound over weight. I ran at night in as much loose clothing as I could. I plugged away at 3kms. At the end I was sweaty and tired, and was so proud of myself for getting out that door.
I remember running for the first time after each of my babies. Overweight and feeling dumpy, running in as loose a clothing as I could find trying so hard not to be embarrassed. I used to close my eyes every time a car passed and tried to pretend they could not see me.
I remember running after my spinal surgery. Taking one step at a time. I remember running after my knee injury and wondering if I would ever run again.
I ALSO remember....
Running 5 kms for the first time and beating my old record. Coming in second place several times in my age category. Getting faster. Getting stronger. Adjusting my nutrition. Losing the weight.
I remember pushing myself past a difficult km and glad that I did it. I remember sticking to my plan no matter what. I remember the rush of adrenalin and the realization that I can do anything if I just stick with it. I remember the hard work and how good it feels to accomplish something for myself. I remember the sound of my breath on the silent country roads.
I remember the 1/2 Marathon last year and how strong I was at the finish. I remember surprising myself that I could do something so crazy.
So I guess that is how it happened....One Step at a time.
That is also how the Marathon will happen...and I will hold onto that.