Let the countdown begin

January 5, 2010 § 2 Comments

With less than two weeks to go I’m getting nervous and excited for the P.F. Chang’s Rock n Roll marathon. Every time I think about it I get butterflies in my stomach (including right now!). I’ve been working towards this goal for months and it’s crazy to think that it’s right around the corner. Am I ready? 

I completed a 20-mile run on Sunday and there were times that the answer to my readiness question was a resounding “NO”. But then there were higher points when I convinced myself that I can do this and keep going. It was like a perpetual tug of war game in my head. I think there was actually a brief moment of time when a slight wave of “OMG, I feel like crying” came over me. While no tears were shed, I certainly felt the stress and the wear and tear on my body and my mind. As my pace slowed significantly it became increasingly difficult to keep my morale up. Could I finish in a decent time? What am I going to do when I have to complete the full 26 miles? Are my legs going to fall off? While I knew that my legs weren’t going to literally fall off, I struggled to answer the other two questions.

With only one more long run on the schedule for this weekend (16 miles), I begin my tapering and preparing for the big day. Even though my trials and tribulations are highlighted more frequently in my blog entries, I am truly happy and excited that I am going to accomplish my goal!


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§ 2 Responses to Let the countdown begin

  • Jerrod says:

    I am proud of you Mandy. This is an experience of a lifetime – there’s never a 1st marathon twice. You treated this distance with the respect it deserves and with the training it deserves. Because of this, you deserve to be there… and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.

  • Let the countdown begin Running Into Life is an interesting name for a blog, keep up the good work, thanks, from Gwendolyn Rowland

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