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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ready or NOT CHaD Hero Here I Come!

My first half-marathon. The CHaD Hero 13.1
In July when we first started running!
Back in July the hubby and I had this great idea... Why not run in a half-marathon, to knock out one of our bucket list items??

So, we found a running schedule that would take us from running 1 mile all the way up to the big 13.1! At first we were really good with being faithful to following that plan... And then life happened!

To date we have only gotten up to 9.7 miles, and that was like a month ago... Since then we have only run 2-4 miles at a time. I may be new to this whole running a 13.1 BUT it doesn't take a genius to know this probably wasn't the best idea.

Well, ready or not the big race is tomorrow! Am I excited? YES! Am I completely terrified? YES! haha Yes, I can be both of those at one time :-)

Looking back over the last 14 weeks of training I realized I've learned so much about myself through this! I've NEVER stuck with something this physically demanding for this long of a time! I had never run more than maybe 3 miles at a time before. I also hadn't ever run more than 30-40 minutes without stopping!

What I learned through this is that if I put my mind to something I CAN do it! For many things it really is mind over matter. I learned that I can push through pain and not give up! I learned that while I don't enjoy running I love seeing the distance I can cover doing it! I learned that I'm really not a quitter!

More importantly I learned that I can be flexible. I can change my goals as needed to accommodate what really works for me. When I first started training I had all these lofty goals of accomplishing some great time, but now I just want to complete it before they tear down the finish line :-)

I've adopted this quote, as I think it fits where I am right now:

I run. I may be slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run!

So, while I may not be breaking any records tomorrow, it may not look pretty and I may not be able to walk for a week, you better believe I'm gonna finish this race!

Dani the Fat Gurl Inside

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