- too far of a drive on race morning
- company in town for week prior (although they leave the day before)
- waited too long to register and now I have to pay the big bucks
- the half doesn't start until 9am and that is late in the morning for me... gonna be warm by the time I finish #iamslow
- no one I know is registered and going
- maybe I will die... ha ha
- blah blah blah
I finally just didn't let myself think about it... made sure it was okay with the husband (he has to be home with the kids) and pulled the trigger.
This is what finally sucked me in...
Yep... I am a bling whore... (For those of you non running friends that just gasped at that title... it just means someone who is highly motivated by the medals... that is all. I am not turning tricks at races.)
I actually had already signed up for my 10th Half Marathon... that race is in late September... now... that will be my 11th... I am officially crazy. I am also now part of the Half Fanatics... I qualified for that crazy group last Fall when I did 2 half Marathons within 2 weeks of each other... I haven't quite figured out all of the benefits of belonging to this group yet except for the shout outs you get from other fanatics when you wear their gear... Here I am (with my friend Melissa) at the last Half I did wearing the gear...I got a lot of high fives and shout outs! Fun!
What a journey this has been so far... I have gone farther, run faster, (sometimes slower but who cares), accomplished distances I never thought I could, spent lots of hours on the treadmill, said no to lots of outings, lost a few pounds, and added a medal rack to my bedroom decor, inspired my children, impressed my husband, and yes... surprised myself! There are lots more things I could say about where this running/walking journey is taking me. It has opened up friendships with new people... but caused some old friendships to wither. I am okay with that. As we morph and change... life changes. I like who I am becoming... I don't want that to sound sad or mean or insensitive to my friends... I love them. I just feel more like me when I spend the time running/walking and going to races... not to mention I am in way better physical shape.
I would be completely lost if it weren't for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram... all of the "friends" I have there that do share this crazy illness. Thank you for encouraging me and inspiring me to push on!
This is me at the finish of my 1st Half Marathon - back in January 2013... (no big shock it is at Disneyland... right?!)
I have since gone on to finish 8 more Half Marathons and a ton of other shorter distance races. You can look at my list I keep on my other page by clicking HERE.
Here are a few more of my Half Photos...
Heroes Half - # 2
See Jane Run Half - # 3
Bellingham Bay Half - # 4
Biggest Loser Half - # 5
Tinker Bell Half 2014 - # 6
Lake Sammamish Half - # 8
So off I go in a few weekends to collect that cool medal and have some fun... at my 10th Half Marathon!
What inspires you to keep at something... even when it is challenging?
Tell me about your accomplishments and what makes you proud of yourself!