I few weeks ago I ran 13 miles in my training run while running with a local running group, Columbus Running Company. It was an awesome feeling, and one I had hope to have on my actual race morning. I ended up beating my original race time goal on the training run, and just had a smile that never ended on my face. With this being my first half marathon I am trying to stay away from setting any real time goal that may leave me anything, but happy with my first half marathon experience. So sadly I will not be sharing (until after the race) how I think I did as far as race time goes.
So the last time I had regularly updated this blog I couldn't even get through running two miles without stopping. Tomorrow I will complete 13.1 miles non-stop, and I couldn't be happier with how my running experience has progressed. Tomorrow I look forward to stepping in line with thousands of other runners and know that we each bring our own experience (or lack thereof), training miles, and purpose for setting the goal in front of us. As for Chris, he will be stepping into the same pace group he was in last year when he ran the half marathon. This year he will be shooting to complete that same pace for the full 26.2 miles.
So all that is left is for us to attach the beast of the marathon (or the half). Tomorrow calls for great weather, and both of us have stayed dedicated to our training programs, and must now just trust the hard work we have put in. The race clothes are set out, and the carbo-loading is complete. Tomorrow we will get up at a dreadful time in the AM to be at the starting line by 6:30 in the morning. Thank you to all of our family and friends that tell us every day how crazy we are for running (we know you love and support us). Also to CRC running buddies and the Runners World forum runners that have been an endless source of information and encouragement, thank you.
I am 29 and married to my best friend. We met while in high school, and continued onto Capital University together. On October 2, 2005 our dreams become reality. Since then we have worked on our careers, and building our home with our little prince, Jinx. This is our journey...mostly our running journey.