And the week marches on…can you believe it is already Thursday?! So today’s post is a little different…it is actually more personal than normal. I actually debated whether or not I wanted to post this, but in the end I think that putting this out there for everyone to see will do two things for me:
- Motivate me, and;
- Provide support regardless of the outcome.
So, with that said. I am running the 3M Austin Half Marathon this Sunday. I love this race. It is my favorite course and it is in my home city! But the reason this year it is a bigger deal is because I need to run a 1:37:00 to qualify for the FULL NYC Marathon in November. I want this so badly! I can not begin to explain why it means so much to me. Will you be satisfied with the answer: It just is. My friend, James Cotter (a professional triathlete) has agreed to pace me so that brings new confidence to the table. I need to average 7:24 min/mile pace to do it! THANK YOU JAMES!!! So…it is out there. You will either share in my elation or my disappointment come Sunday. I am scared, nervous, excited and confident…all rolled into one!
Below is a picture from this past November when I completed the San Antonio Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon in 1:39:34.
People are always asking me what I think about on my long runs. I don’t really have an answer. Typically my mind NEVER shuts off. I feel like I constantly have about three million things going on inside my head all the time. Running is the only time my mind is quiet. I am at peace and it seems like the outside world just goes away. I think that is why I am so addicted to it…I am not kidding when I say it is my form of yoga. As soon as I stop running (and I mean instantly) my mind starts going again. Are you still with me, or have I completely scared you off?! 🙂 I recently found an article on Active.com called, Running Can Be The Glue That Holds Life Together. This completely describes how running makes me feel! Check it out…maybe you can relate or maybe it will make all of us runners seem a little less crazy! haha! Anyway….please wish me luck on Sunday! 🙂
Okay, I didn’t forget…it is time for the triva results! Are you ready for this?! The question was: Italy leads the world in pasta consumption with 61.7 pounds eaten per person per year. Which country is second? The answer was (surprisingly) Venezuela with pasta consumption around 30 pounds. You would have thought?! Anyway, thanks for playing and everyone who did guess correctly will have their name added to the pot for the drawing to happen at the end of the month!
Do you have any special pre-competition rituals?
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