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I did it!!!

I ran 26.2 miles. I crossed the finish line with a smile. I FINISHED A MARATHON!

The weather was perfect, the volunteers were great, the crowd was awesome, the scenery was fantastic.

Wow…

The months of  training paid off. I felt strong more than most of the way, I never doubted whether I would finish or not, I had fun, and I was even able to give a little kick at the end and cross that finish line strong.

I ran this city and I finished…all of it…I ran long and far…and I couldn’t be happier (or more sore!). I will share more details later…for now, I’m still celebrating (and recovering).

Congratulations to everyone who finished a race this weekend, especially to those who ran Detroit with me. We rocked it!

26.2 miles…success. 😀

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remember your motivation…

Well, here we are…less than 24 hours away. Race bib in hand, race day outfit just about ready, well-rested, and anxiously awaiting for my time to cross the start line.

I headed down to the expo yesterday with my friend Angela, and afterwards we drove part of the course (and took a few pictures…or maybe more than a few…).

I’m really ready now. I’m in marathon mode — as if I haven’t been already for the past few days. A few nerves are starting to set in, of course, but they aren’t getting the best of me…and they won’t. Don’t let them get you either.

If you find yourself running and feeling less than motivated, just remember why you’re doing this. What motivates you? Why have you stayed so committed to this? I know I have more than 26 people to think about and keep me inspired during my run, one or more during each mile. So, just remember your motivation…and if you’re having a hard time remembering why you’re doing this, maybe this Detroit Free Press article will spark something in you.

Remember your motivation…and stay committed…you’ve worked hard for this!

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LET’S DO THIS!

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for you, my runner friend…

We can do this, my running friends. We have worked hard, so let’s keep it up and continue to take care of ourselves during these last days of tapering.

Many of you have expressed that I have inspired and motivated you, and I am honored. Here, I’d like to share with you an extremely inspiring, beautiful piece of writing; and, I hope you find it just as inspiring. (Thank you, Kaylee, for sharing this. xoxo)

10 days to go…10 days of hearts racing…10 days of anxiety…10 days of taper…10 more days of preparation…10 days ’til the long-awaited “26.2 miles…success” ending of a blog post.

Until then, there are still a few runs left…some training miles still left to conquer. So let’s conquer, let’s eat lots of pasta, and let’s stay motivated!

Here’s to you, my runner friend. And here’s to mile 17…it’s for you, my runner friend/blog reader/supporter/YOU!

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26 days til 26.2

Today is a magical day. There are only 26 days left until I lace up my running shoes early in the morning downtown and head for the start line. In 26 days, at 7AM the clock will start. Thousands of runners will take off to accomplish what they have been training for over the past weeks and months. I will be one of those runners, and I can’t hide my excitement.

I’ve been wanting to accomplish this for quite some time now. My goal: run, enjoy the route, and finish. Sounds like it should be simple enough, right? Well, I sure hope so. If you ask me, there is nothing “simple” about running 26.2 miles. The physical, mental, and emotional strengths that I have surprised myself with this year are things that I am not about to brush off with a “no big deal.” The truth is…this is a big deal.

At the beginning of 2010, I told myself this would be the year. I would run and finish a marathon. I knew that to get to that point though, I would need to commit — no excuses allowed. The commitment goes beyond committing to run the miles — I have taken the time needed to run the miles the right way, have worked hard to finish each of my runs as strong as possible, I have changed my eating and drinking habits (water is God and pre-run, mid-run, and post-run food should be chosen wisely), and I have even changed my social habits  (saying “no” to much more than usual, coming home earlier than usual so I can sleep and wake up early the next day for a long run, and reassuring my friends that I won’t be “lame” after Oct. 17). Holy commitment!

So far, I have done it. I have kept running, kept writing about my running, and have somehow managed to “stay committed even when I’m not motivated” (for those of you who have been following my journey for awhile now, you might remember that notion from awhile back…sound advice one of my best friends, Kelly, shared with me).

I remember when Summer came around the corner and I had already been running, but I needed to start following a bit more strict training plan. I started. I kept up with it, but allowed enough flexibility to be sure I maintained motivation. As long as I fit workouts in, stayed in shape, and was able to finish my long runs, I knew I was on the right track. Sure, there have been a handful of times when I was ready to stop (I hate even daring to use that awful word, “quit”), be done with it — who really needs to run a marathon anyway? What was I proving? Who was I doing this for? But, I carried on. I need to run a marathon. I am proving to myself that I can finish this, that I can really do something major that I have wanted to do for years — I can take something huge from start to finish. I am doing this for me.

As horrible as a few of my long runs have been, I am thankful for them. They are reminders for me during a long run that if I was able to finish a long run “like that one [insert a number from 7-14 here]-miler in [insert summer month here] in the middle of the afternoon in ninety-some-percent humidity” or “like that one at 6AM in 92% humidity” (yes, 92% humidity at 6AM!), then I can finish that same distance, and longer, during the beautiful Fall months. Oh, and don’t forget the great runs…where I have finished and felt like I could just continue on and finish a marathon right then and there. Those runs keep me going, too…maybe even more so!

It’s not just the runs…but my friends and family, too (yes, that means you…thanks for continuing to read my ramblings). They, and you, have kept encouraging me — some have even joined me on their bike or rollerblades — and have continued to remind me how insane I am.

I guess I am a little insane. But, aren’t we all? I’ll just have a medal to prove it 🙂

Until then, there are still more training miles to be ran. They won’t run themselves, and I haven’t crossed that finish line yet…so this isn’t over yet. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (or the clock at the finish line, if you will) but there’s no stopping until I cross that line.

This weekend…I have my longest run of training ahead of me. A 20-mile run. 20 miles! I’m looking forward to it because I know I will be that much closer to the start line, and to the finish line, and I’ll be that much closer to accomplishing my biggest goal of 2010.

And, when I cross that finish line in 26 days…how sweet it will be. When I can finish my blog post with “26.2 miles…success,” how sweet it will be.

254 days of training down, 26 to go…success.

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EIGHTEEN!

what can i say? i ran 18 miles this past saturday. i did it. that is the farthest i have ever gone, and it is just two miles less than the farthest i will run prior to the marathon! wow, it”s almost hard to believe that the marathon is only a month away. it seems like just the other day i was doing a long run of 8 miles. now 8 miles is a quality mid-week run and my long runs take up a whole morning on the weekend. if i might say so myself, i have come a long way in my training, and with my running in general.

i have grown to appreciate running more as a lifestyle and an enjoyable stress relieving activity. i have much less animosity toward long runs…now i know how to pace myself and what it takes to get through a long run. i know what it takes in the time leading up to a long run, during a long run, and after a long run. and…i love it. that’s right…i just admitted it: i love long runs.

finally, a huge shout out to my cousin, amanda, for riding her bike with me while i ran 18 miles this past weekend. thanks for coming along…and carrying on even through the pouring rain!

18 miles…success.

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worst long run of my training.

yesterday was the worst long run of my training i have had. this one was worse that the hot, humid day spent in the state park with katy, while she was rollerblading alongside me. at least i had someone with me that day. yesterday, it was me, the hot air, the wide open road, the sun, a whole lot of sweat, and heavy legs.

i was meeting two friends for lunch, so i decided hey i don’t need to eat with them — i will fuel up for a run prior to meeting them, run the 5-ish miles to meet them, then enjoy their company and catch up, then run back. perfect long run with a break in the middle. sounds ideal, right? well, as i already mentioned…yesterday was the worst long run of my training so far…so it actually wasn’t so ideal. (not to mention…we actually got mixed up and met at two different locations…so i called them after waiting for 20 minutes or so to ask where they were. they were at a different location. slight misunderstanding, but they ended up coming to me after finding out that i was car-less since i had run up to meet them. one more thing to make this run go less than stellar.)

oh, and by the way…while i was waiting…i snapped a nice photo of my lovely hydration containers 😉

after catching up and what not, i debated getting a ride home since i was already well aware of the less than stellar running conditions. after an internal debate, i decided i wouldn’t want to finish my run later that night and that getting it done now would be better. i finished, but i’m not so sure it was necessarily “better.”

i did take a different route home though and it was much prettier for much of the run. i even snapped a few pictures during the time my body said “must…walk…now…” to break up the run a bit.

now, does it surprise me that as a follow up to the worst long of my training so far that i have lost most of one of my toenails and another toenail is completely jacked up? no, of course it doesn’t surprise me…because that’s just how it would go.

well…next time i have a brilliant idea to do any type of running in the heat of the day, i will remember yesterday. then, i will reevaluate and do that run at a different time.

reaching the worst long run of my training…success. (hey, a success is a success, right?!)

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